A Vision for Universal Preschool Education

A Vision for Universal Preschool Education

by Edward Zigler, Walter S. Gilliam, Stephanie M. Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521612993

ISBN-13: 9780521612999

Pub. Date: 05/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Decades of research point to the need for a universal preschool education program in the U.S. to help give our nation's children a sound cognitive and social foundation on which to build future educational and life successes. In addition to enhanced school readiness and improved academic performance, participation in high quality preschool programs has been linked…  See more details below

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Decades of research point to the need for a universal preschool education program in the U.S. to help give our nation's children a sound cognitive and social foundation on which to build future educational and life successes. In addition to enhanced school readiness and improved academic performance, participation in high quality preschool programs has been linked with reductions in grade retentions and school drop out rates, and cost savings associated with a diminished need for remedial educational services and justice services. This 2006 book brings together nationally renowned experts from the fields of psychology, education, economics and political science to present a compelling case for expanded access to preschool services. They describe the social, educational, and economic benefits for the nation as a whole that may result from the implementation of a universal preschool program in America, and provide guiding principles upon which such a system can best be founded.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521612999
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

1The universal preschool movement1
2School readiness : defining the goal for universal preschool19
3Economic returns of investments in preschool education37
4The need for universal prekindergarten for children in poverty69
5The need for universal preschool access for children not living in poverty89
6Program quality, intensity, and duration in preschool education107
7A whole child approach : the importance of social and emotional development130
8Parent involvement in preschool149
9Professional development issues in universal prekindergarten169
10What the school of the 21st century can teach us about universal preschool194
11A place for Head Start in a world of universal preschool216
12A model universal prekindergarten program241
Summary and recommendations262

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