Early care and education for many children in the United States is in crisis. The period between birth and kindergarten is a critical time for child development, and socioeconomic disparities that begin early in children's lives contribute to starkly different long-term outcomes for adults. Yet, compared to other advanced economies, high-quality child care and preschool in the United States are scarce and prohibitively expensive for many middle-class and most disadvantaged famines. To what extent can early-life Interventions provide these children with the opportunities that their affluent peers enjoy and contribute to reduced social inequality in the long term? Cradle to Kindergarten offers a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy that diagnoses the obstacles to accessible early education and charts a path to opportunity for all children.
|Publisher:||Russell Sage Foundation|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
AJAY CHAUDRY is senior fellow at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and former deputy assistant secretary for human services policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. TARYN MORRISSEY is assistant professor of public administration and policy at American University. CHRISTINA WEILAND is assistant professor of education at the University of Michigan. HIROKAZU YOSHIKAWA is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a University Professor at New York University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
About the Authors xiii
1 Introduction 1
2 Paid Parental Leave 19
3 Affordable, High-Quality Care and Education 41
4 Universal Preschool 71
5 A New Head Start 101
6 Conclusion: No More Tinkering at the Edges 127
Appendix: Estimates and Assumptions for Investments in the Components of Our Proposed Plan 151