ERIC Number: ED324143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Rethinking Excellence in Early Care and Education. Executive Summary.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
This brief document summarizes the content of a paper by Sharon L. Kagan, entitled "Excellence in Early Childhood Education: Defining Characteristics and Next-Decade Strategies," that analyzes the field of early childhood education and defines excellence in terms of quality, equality, and integrity. The critical component of quality is discussed in terms of research findings and difficulties in maintaining high quality programs. The neglected component of equality involves several kinds of inequality in communities and states. These include segregation by income, race, and stringency of regulation. Such segregation results from the absence of federal standards. The unconsidered component of integrity involves the linking of disparate parts in a field that is characterized by acrimony and competition among providers. Concluding material describes three strategies that offer hope that the field can develop from well-intentioned, piecemeal programs to comprehensive services. These strategies involve moving from a program approach to a systems approach, from a piecemeal vision to an integrated vision, and from short-term or quick-fix strategies to long-term thinking that confirms commitment to young children by matching rhetoric with financial support. (RH)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: For the full report reviewed here, see ED 318 550.