ERIC Number: ED301344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing World of Early Care and Education: Retrofitting Practice and Policy.
Kagan, Sharon L.
Now is the time to "retrofit" policies and practices and reach for the goal of a just system of early education and care for all children and their families. The current social landscape of early care and education is filled with individual programs that are manifestations of disparate visions. While rich in variety, such a social landscape lacks a comprehensive vision and an integrated strategy. To construct an improved social reality, effective strategies must emanate from thoughtful visions. Such visions cannot emerge without a confrontation of pressing issues related to the pedagogy, structure and philosophy of early care and education, or without recognition of the legacy of the nation's historic approach to child and family policy. This paper identifies issues that must be confronted in the development of early care and education policy. In its consideration of historical policy conflicts, the paper explores the consequences of crafting services in the absence of a unified vision. Also addressed are the prospects for development of a unified social strategy in view of the evident current readiness to conceptualize policy in a new and broader way. Concluding remarks cover principles for conducting inquiry and developing strategies that quash discontinuity, fragmentation, and inequity in early care and education policy and programs. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Early Childhood Issues: Policy Options in Support of Children and Families (Washington, DC, November 17-18, 1988).