Reinventing Early Care and Education: A Vision for a Quality System

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By the year 2000, all children in America will start school ready to learn. For five years, this has been our number one educational goal—yet, today's children are not receiving the early care and education services that they deserve and the nation needs to reach this goal. Reinventing Early Care and Education, edited by two leading thinkers in the field, provides not only the necessary vision, but a working blueprint for policy reform and program development.Sharon L. Kagan and Nancy E. Cohen have assembled ...

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Overview

By the year 2000, all children in America will start school ready to learn. For five years, this has been our number one educational goal—yet, today's children are not receiving the early care and education services that they deserve and the nation needs to reach this goal. Reinventing Early Care and Education, edited by two leading thinkers in the field, provides not only the necessary vision, but a working blueprint for policy reform and program development.Sharon L. Kagan and Nancy E. Cohen have assembled internationally recognized experts in early childhood development, public education, family support, political science, psychology, and economics to examine critical issues related to providing quality services for young children—including parent engagement, licensing, professional development, regulation, governance funding and financing. Reinventing Early Care and Education defines the essential elements of a quality system and suggests innovative strategies for improving pedagogy and practice in family child care homes and early childhood centers. It also offers alternative approaches to finance and governance, and discusses how communities can mobilize citizens and the media to gain support for social change. This volume is timely and tough. It tackles a serious social problem with intelligence and clarity, pointing out the action we must take for the sake of our children and our nation.

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Editorial Reviews

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?Reinventing Early Care and Education provides badly neededinsights and solutions to the quality problem in child care andearly education in our nation. Full of specific new ideas, this isessential reading for policy makers and practitioners.? —GovernorRoy Romer, state of Colorado

'The comprehensive approach to improving the qualitative aspects ofearly care and education for children in the United States makesthis volume a must for all who have made children a priority. Theattention given to multicultural perspectives is encouraging and isa positive move toward examining the growing importance of placingthis analysis in a global context. Children the world over needthat which is recommended for children in the United States.?—GwAndolyn Calvert Baker, president and CEO, United StatesCommittee for UNICEF

• This seminal volume on the need for a much-improved earlychildhood education system incisively demonstrates that our nationcan do much better in meeting the needs of our youngest children.The book offers a superb synthesis of the latest research andavailable action strategies that should be considered of thehighest priority by America's pivotal institutions.? —David A.Hamburg, M.D., president, Carnegie Corporation of New York

• Because child care will be crucial to the success of state welfarereform efforts, federal funding for child care will almost tripleover the next six years. Unless steps are taken to improve thequality of these services—ensuring quantity with quality—Ibelieve that increased funding is of limited value. The challengeis before us and we cannot afford to fail. Governors, state humanservice administrators, and child care providers will findReinventing Early Care and Education an invaluable resource in thedevelopment of child care that incorporates high quality, earlychildhood education.? —Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum, state ofKansas

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Presents 18 contributions written by scholars, researchers, and policymakers in early childhood development, public education, family support, political science, psychology, and economics examining the critical issues related to providing quality services for young children. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787903190
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/22/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

SHARON L. KAGAN,senior associate at the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, is a frequent consultant to national policy makers and is internationally recognized for her work in the early care and education field. NANCY E. COHEN was a research associate at the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University and has examined programs and infrastructure services in early care and education.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Changing Context of American Early Care andEducation
Part One: Quality Programs: The Case for an ExpandedDefinition
2. Parents' Perspectives on Quality in Early Care and Education(Mary Larner)
3. Reframing the Quality Issue(Deborah Phillips)
4. International Approaches to Defining Quality(Jennifer Bush,Deborah Phillips)
5. Multicultural Perspectives on Quality(Nancy E. Cohen, DeliaPompa)
Part Two: The Infrastructure: The Case for a Quality System
6. Licensing: Lessons from Other Occupations(Anne Mitchell)
7. Training and Professional Development: InternationalApproaches(Eliza Pritchard)
8. Regulation: Alternative Approaches from Other Fields(KatherineL. Scurria)
9. Governance: Child Care, Federalism, and Public Policy(William T.Gormley, Jr.)
10. Funding and Financing: Moving Toward a More UniversalSystem(Martin H. Gerry)
11. Quality Infrastructure for Family Child Care(Shelby H.Miller)
Part Three: Implementing Change
12. Media and Mass Communications Strategies,(Kathy Bonk, MeredithWile)
13. Citizen Participation: Transforming Access IntoInfluence(Christopher Howard)
14. Organizing Communities and Constituents for Change(ErnestoCortes, Jr.)
15. Understanding the Complexities of Educational Change(AnnLiberman, Diane Wood, Beverly Falk)
16. The Synchrony of Stakeholders: Lessons from the DisabilitiesRights Movement(H. Rutherford Turnbull, Ann P. Turnbull)
Part Four: Creating a Quality Early Care and Education System
17. A Vision for a Quality Early Care and Education System(SharonL. Kagan, Nancy E. Cohen)
18. Getting from Here to There: The Process and the Players(NancyE. Cohen, Sharon L. Kagan)

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