SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

February 25, 2009 10:43 ET

Improved Preschool Education Focus of Innovative Forum

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - February 25, 2009) - Approximately 200 leading policymakers, educators and researchers will discuss the state of preschool education in New Jersey and the United States as part of "Preschool Education: New Jersey and the Nation -- A Policy Forum," co-sponsored by Educational Testing Service, the New Jersey Department of Education and the Public Education Institute.

The luncheon presentation, titled "The Education Stimulus: Implications for Early Childhood Education Programs in New Jersey and the Nation," will provide an overview of the first days of the Obama Administration, focusing on the recently passed Stimulus Bill. The presentation will also examine the education funding available in the stimulus; specifically what might be available for efforts in New Jersey to serve young children.

HIGHLIGHTS:

--  Keynote speaker Dr. Jerlean Daniel, Deputy Executive Director of the
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
--  The State of Preschool in the United States: Trends and Policies
--  The Educational and Economic Benefits of Preschool
--  Key Components of an Effective Preschool Program
--  New Jersey: Where We've Been, Where We're Going, and the Challenges
    Ahead
--  Legislative Roundtable: A Discussion Led by Expert Panelists

WHEN:   March 3, 2009
        Registration and breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
        Program: 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  ETS
        Rosedale Rd.
        Princeton, NJ 08541
        Conant Hall, Lounge C

The program will examine key trends and policies surrounding the state of preschool education in New Jersey and the United States and describe the critical components of effective programs. Included is a Legislative Roundtable discussion led by an expert panel that includes: W. Steven Barnett, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Jerlean E. Daniel, Lucille Davy, Jacqueline Jones, Jana Martella, and Ellen Wolock.

Speaker biographies and the detailed agenda are available at www.ets.org/preschooledconf.

Media interested in attending should contact Jason Baran at (609) 683-2428 or jbaran@ets.org.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org