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ERIC Number: ED417027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
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Not by Chance: Creating an Early Care and Education System for America's Children. Abridged Report. The Quality 2000 Initiative.
Kagan, Sharon L.; Cohen, Nancy E.
This report of the Quality 2000 Initiative documents the quality crisis in early care and education in the United States, discussing the reasons for this crisis and suggesting a plan for improvement. Part 1 of the report: describes the mediocre quality of care cited in the Cost, Quality, and Child Outcomes Study, the erosion of quality since 1980, and problems in staff training and educational levels; details the roots of the quality crisis; and maintains that the knowledge and political will to develop an effective early care and education system are in place. Part 2 discusses eight recommendations for developing this system: (1) use a wide range of approaches to achieve quality; (2) focus on goals and results for children; (3) place parents and families at the core of early care and education programs; (4) require staff to be licensed; (5) expand the content of training and education; (6) eliminate exemptions and streamline and enforce facility licensing; (7) raise new funds and set aside ten percent for quality and infrastructure; and (8) create local and state early care and education boards. Part 3 of the report, "Realizing the Vision," examines a range of existing initiatives or programs that can be built upon. This part also identifies three key strategies--conceptual exploration, comprehensive demonstration, and broad-based mobilization--and concludes with a call to action, suggesting who should do what to carry out the vision. The report's four appendices list task force and related meeting participants, consultant-partners, and commissioned working papers. Each part contains references. (Author/KB)
Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, 310 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.