Early Childhood Governance: Choices and Consequences

Early Childhood Governance: Choices and Consequences

by Sharon L. Kagan


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Early Childhood Governance: Choices and Consequences by Sharon L. Kagan

Responding to the increased national concern for early childhood education, this book examines what states are currently doing, what has proven effective, and what the existing body of knowledge offers educators, policymakers and others seeking successful approaches to governance. Featuring chapters by prominent, thoughtful scholars and practitioners, this is the first volume to specifically focus on early childhood governance. This seminal contribution is designed to be immediately germane to the burgeoning field of early childhood education. Readers will find the latest thinking, most recent experiences, and an honest review of the governance issues facing the field today and into the future—all in one resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807756300
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 03/06/2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, codirector of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, and professor adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Center. Rebecca E. Gomez holds the Rauch Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part I Introduction and Defining Governance

Introduction: Why Governance? Why This Volume? Sharon Lynn Kagan 3

1 Conceptualizing ECE Governance: Not the Elephant in the Room Sharon Lynn Kagan 9

Part II The Current Status of Early Childhood Governance

2 Glancing at Governance: The Contemporary Landscape Elliot Regenstein 33

3 Governance as a Lever for Bringing Coherence to ECE Systems: The Adaptive Capacities of Consolidated Approaches Rebecca E. Gomez 45

4 Governance as a Driver for Systems Development: Issues of Scope and Implementation Harriet Dichter 58

Part III Governance and Systems Development

5 The Intersection of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and ECE Governance Kate Tarrant Diana Schaack 69

6 Implications of Standards-Based Quality Improvement Efforts for Governance Structures Catherine Scott-Little 83

7 Early Childhood Governance and Accountability Thomas Schultz 95

8 Early Childhood Data Governance: A Prerequisite for Answering Important Policy Questions Missy Cochenour Kathleen Hebbeler 112

9 Governance and Financing Rolf Grafwallner 121

10 Governance and Professional Development Systems Sarah LeMoine 130

11 Family and Community Engagement in Early Childhood Education Governance Thomas Rendon 140

Part IV The Future Of Early Childhood Governance

12 Looking Ahead: Governance and the Role of Leadership Susan Hibbard 153

13 Revisiting Early Childhood Education's Governance Choices Stacie G. Goffin Beth Rous 165

Epilogue: Early Childhood Governance: Present and Prospective Views Rebecca E. Gomez Sharon Lynn Kagan 176

About the Contributors 179

Index 187

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