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In Media

Reports and Publications

Blogging at the Institute for Child Success

Blogging at Preschool Matters…Today!

Blogging at Ed Central at the New America Foundation

In Media

Reece, T. (September 2018). Ages & Stages section. Parents 

Credited contributor to popular column identifying appropriate activities and milestones for children by age. Contributed to early learning activities parents can use at home for building early math, literacy, and social-emotional skills from ages 6 to 12 months.

Samuels, C. (April 27, 2018). How Can ‘Pay for Success’ Models Support Special Education? Early Years blog at Education Week. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2018/04/how_can_pay_for_success_models.html 

Megan Carolan, the director of policy research for the Institute for Child Success and a co-author of the paper, said her organization’s goal is to expand the conversation around pay-for-success models, which are still in their infancy.

“This is both the folks who are coming in with a pay-for-success background and really no special education context, and special-ed folks who are saying, ‘How is this going to help the kids I care about?’ ” Carolan said.

DeNisco, A. (November 17, 2017). School districts find creative ways to fund pre-K. In District Administration. https://www.districtadministration.com/article/school-districts-find-creative-ways-fund-pre-k“In about a dozen states and the District of Columbia, pre-K is financed through the state’s school funding formula, which means districts are operated as pre-K through 12.

‘It’s tremendously successful—it’s built into the K12 formula and is treated like any other grade,’ says Megan Carolan, director of policy research at the Institute for Child Success, an independent, nonprofit education research organization.”

  • Carolan, Waters: 4K is a valuable investment for South Carolina.” (April 5, 2015). Op-ed co-written with Joe Waters in The State.
  • Featured in the New America Foundation’s “Weekly Wonk” magazine in an ask the experts column “Planning for Pre-K Perfection.” (September 19, 2014).
  • State Funded Preschool Enrollments Take a Dip but Expected to Rise Again. Jacklyn Thrapp. KREX TV Colorado. May 15, 2014.
  • A new entitlement? The right to Preschool. David Lieb. The Associated Press. February 3, 2014.
    “‘At the state level, this is not a cut and dry partisan issue — it’s governors really kind of looking at the data and investing the funds where they know it’s going to do the most.'”
  • Too small to let fail. Kate Tormey. The Council of State Governments, Midwest. November 2013.
    ““When you look at brain science, we know that this is the greatest period of brain development,” says Megan Carolan of the National Institute for Early Education Research. “There are something like 700 neurons per second making connections….All kids benefit from pre-K, but low-income kids get even more benefit because they are more likely to fall behind [otherwise]. They go into kindergarten knowing fewer words, which is a tangible and sad way to understand that these kids are really behind the curve….You want to make sure these kids are in a classroom with people who know how to engage them. That predicts high-quality programs and better outcomes.”
  • Pre-K education gets seat — in political center. Caitlin Emma. PoliticoPro. October 22, 2013.
    “Carolan said Clinton brings star power [to pre-K], whether she ultimately runs or not. Candidates in the next presidential election will have to explain where they stand on pre-K, she said.”
  • Anniston City Council approves $180K for preschool classes. Patrick McCrelless. The Anniston Star (Alabama). October 22, 2013.
    “[Pre-K] reduces school retention, helping school districts spend less of their funding to teach the same students again,” Carolan said.
  • Preschool funding increased in Pa., but dropped nationwide. Julie Mazziotta. The Notebook.  May 1, 2013.
    “‘The quality standards are more concerning in Pennsylvania,” Carolan said. “The state lost two benchmark standards because they eliminated site visits….We’re pleased that Pennsylvania didn’t cut the quality for good, but we want those benchmarks to come back,’ Carolan said.”
  • Cuts looms for pre-K programs. Kathleen Moore. The Daily Gazettee. April 29, 2013.
    ““Research shows, again and again, the earlier children receive quality education, the better….“High-quality is going to cost a little bit more, but that’s how you’re going to get the investment you’re looking for.””
  • California gets mediocre grade for preschool access and quality. Deepa Fernandes. KPCC Southern California Public Radio. April 29, 2013.
    “California’s ranking for access for three-year-olds jumped up – it now ranks 6th in the country – but that’s only because other states did worse, Carolan said. In fact, the state had fewer preschool seats for three-year-olds in 2012 than in 2011. Four out of five of California’s half a million three-year-olds don’t have access to a Head Start program or state preschool.”

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