ERIC Number: ED294691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Education: The Status of State Involvement.
Gnezda, Terry; Sonnier, Cate
State Legislative Report, v13 n16 Jun 1988
Examined in this report is the extent of interest in educational programs for preschool-age children during the 1980s. The introduction notes that 21 states spent state money on early childhood programs in 1987, and that the spending was in response to: (1) increased employment of mothers of young children; (2) research demonstrating the long- and short-term academic and social benefits of such programs; and (3) findings that suggest that spending on early childhood education can save a state $4 for every $1 spent. The report defines early childhood education programs, then details state commitments to early childhood education in terms of: (1) state dollars for early childhood education; (2) restrictions on state dollars for early childhood education; (3) children served; and (4) additional resources. Special program characteristics for various states are detailed with respect to the role of parents, curriculum approaches, and coordination of services. Also considered are linkages between state early childhood education programs and Head Start programs. The report concludes by pointing out that nearly half the states spend state money on early childhood education, and that the majority of state early childhood programs target 4-year-old children. Four references, an appendix listing state funding for early childhood education by state, and a description of the National Conference of State Legislatures Children, Youth, and Families Program wrap up the report. (SKC)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Early Childhood Education, Financial Support, Preschool Education, State Aid, State Departments of Education, State Government, State Programs, Young Children
National Council of State Legislatures, Book Order Department, 1050 17th Street, Suite 2100, Denver, CO 80265.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.