An Equal Start?: Providing Quality Early Education and Care for Disadvantaged Children

Overview

Early childhood education and care has become a central policy concern in many countries, and as services expand it is crucial to examine whether children from disadvantaged backgrounds receive equitable services. In An Equal Start? experts from eight countries—the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia—examine how early education and care is organized, funded, and regulated in their respective countries. They give up-to-date pictures of the access ...

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Overview

Early childhood education and care has become a central policy concern in many countries, and as services expand it is crucial to examine whether children from disadvantaged backgrounds receive equitable services. In An Equal Start? experts from eight countries—the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia—examine how early education and care is organized, funded, and regulated in their respective countries. They give up-to-date pictures of the access to services, providing rich insights into how policies play out in practice and the effects on the provision of services to disadvantaged children. Together they reveal a number of common tensions and complexities that many countries face in ensuring that early education and care is affordable, accessible, and of the highest possible quality.

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Ludovica Gambaro is a research officer at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education at the University of London. Kitty Stewart is a research associate at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion and an associate professor in social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Jane Waldfogel is the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work for the Prevention of Children’s and Youth Problems and visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

   ~ Ludovica Gambaro, Kitty Stewart and Jane Waldfogel
Equal access to early childhood education and care? The case of the UK

   ~ Ludovica Gambaro, Kitty Stewart and Jane Waldfogel
Towards universal quality early childhood education and care: the Norwegian model

   ~ Anne Lise Ellingsæter
Equal access to quality care: Lessons from France on providing high quality and affordable early childhood education and care

   ~ Jeanne Fagnani

Equal Access to High Quality Child Care in the Netherlands

   ~ Y. Emre Akgündüz and Janneke Plantenga
Access and quality issues in early childhood education and care: the case of Germany

   ~ Pamela Oberhuemer
New Zealand case study: A narrative of shifting policy directions for early childhood education and care

   ~ Helen May
Early Education and Care in Australia: Equity in a market-based system?

   ~ Deborah Brennan and Marianne Fenech
Delivering High-Quality Early Childhood Education and Care to Low-Income Children: How Well is the US Doing?

   ~ Katherine Magnuson and Jane Waldfogel
Common challenges, lessons for policy

   ~ Kitty Stewart, Ludovica Gambaro, Jane Waldfogel and Jill Rutter

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