Investing in Early Childhood Development: Evidence to Support a Movement for Educational Change [NOOK Book]

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The national movement toward massive expansion of early childhood education and development has evolved into individual state-by-state initiatives. Contributors set forth the evidence that will encourage states to take up this cause, provide advocates with the information they will need to make their case, and guide states and advocates in building a public and political will for change. Great advancements in the sciences of child development and brain development have provided a whole new foundation of thought ...
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Investing in Early Childhood Development: Evidence to Support a Movement for Educational Change

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Overview

The national movement toward massive expansion of early childhood education and development has evolved into individual state-by-state initiatives. Contributors set forth the evidence that will encourage states to take up this cause, provide advocates with the information they will need to make their case, and guide states and advocates in building a public and political will for change. Great advancements in the sciences of child development and brain development have provided a whole new foundation of thought regarding early childhood programs (preschooling) for 3- and 4-year-olds. The eleven chapters are organized into three sections: I, The Science; II, Early Childhood Intervention Programs; III, Social Action and Public Policy Issues. An inspiring read that is also serious and instructive.
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"This is a thorough yet concise overview of the evidence underlying current public and private efforts to enhance early care and education.  It will be especially valuable to those interested in using public policy to promote better early learning experiences and better development for young children."—Edward L. Schor, MD, Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund

“Tarlov and Debbink have produced a gem! From the first chapter on the neuroscience of development, the authors have provided a very readable, evidence based book that is timely and important. Forty years after Head Start was launched, it is time that we all acted as parents, grandparents, citizens at the local, state and national levels to apply what has been learned about the benefits of early childhood education to individuals throughout their lifetime, to families, to schools, employers, taxpayers and communities throughout the country. Today there is no better source of information on the subject, from basic neuroscience and effective early childhood programs to statewide efforts. This is a must read.”—Philip R. Lee, MD, Professor Emeritus of Social Medicine, Stanford University; formerly Assistant Secretary for Health, US Dept. HHS 1965-69 and 1993-1997

“This book, edited by Tarlov and Debbink, is an excellent summary of the evidence about brain development in the early years of life and the effects on health, learning, and behavior throughout life.  The story of The Texas Plan for early child development programs illustrates how communities can take steps to develop quality early child development programs.”—J. Fraser Mustard, MD, Founder of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

"Investing in Early Childhood Development is an excellent resource for policymakers, educators, and advocates of ECDE programs, as well as others who want to learn more about the field."  —Richard Sawyer, PhD, Educational Horizons

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230263437
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alvin R. Tarlov, MD, is Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago and formerly with Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. Michelle Precourt Debbink is MD/PhD candidate, University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
List of Tables     xi
Preface     xiii
List of Contributors     xxi
The Science
Building Brain Architecture and Chemistry: A Primer for Policymakers   Pat Levitt     3
Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships$dThe National Scientific Council on the Developing Child$dComments by Alvin R. Tarlov     27
The Coproduction of Human Development and Health   Alvin R. Tarlov     41
Early Childhood Intervention Programs
Effective Early Childhood Programs: Turning Knowledge Into Action   Susan Landry     67
Learning from Others: State Efforts to Expand Services and Build Systems of Early Care and Education   Kristie Kauerz     85
North Carolina's Early Childhood Initiative: The Smart Start Story and Its Evaluation   Donna Bryant     113
The Texas Plan   Kay M. Albrecht   Kaitlin G. Guthrow   Alvin R. Tarlov   James D. Calaway   Michelle Precourt Debbink   Todd Litton   Carol Shattuck   Jason Sabo   Thomas McIntire   James Strickland   Sandi Borden   Nancy Pechacek Hard   Sandra Lamm   Liz Plaster   Shona Neigut     131
Social Action and Public PolicyIssues
Demographic and Related Economic Transformations of Texas: Implications for Early Childhood Development and Education   Steve H. Murdock   Stephen L. Klineberg     159
Can Society Profit from Investing in Early Education Programs?   Greg J. Duncan   Katherine Magnuson     177
Financing Early Childhood Care and Education Systems: A Standards-Based Approach   Anne Mitchell   Louise Stoney     189
The Framing of Early Child Development and Education: Lessons from Communications Research   Susan Nall Bales     215
Index     237
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