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From the Publisher“This volume is the encyclopedia of early childhood education and development. It’s all here – the basic research, the programs, the evaluations, the human capital framework, the benefit-cost studies, and the best researchers, theorists, and policy analysts. It would be impossible to put more information, theories, insights, and good writing about early childhood between two covers. Both students and experts will find a lot to like in this comprehensive and nicely organized volume.”
– Ron Haskins, The Brookings Institution
“This volume presents a clear, evidence-based challenge to those who claim that programs to enhance opportunities for low-income children are ineffective. Not only are well-implemented programs proven to be cost effective, they also improve the prospects of all children. Thus, the nation benefits from the ripple effects of early human capital investments, both in the short- and long-term.”
– Ruby Takanishi, Foundation for Child Development
"....Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration brings the reader very close to the concrete reality of the academic, practical, political, social, and economic challenges that face people who are working in the field. The book is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to develop a life-span and ecological systems perspective on childhood program investment that focuses not only on the efficacy of programs but also on the continuity of program provision throughout child development, as well as the long-term cost-effectiveness of programs into adulthood.... The book is a truly informative, challenging, and inspiring read for anyone interested in the design of our children’s future...."
–Michael Hogan, PsycCRITIQUES