ERIC Number: ED417027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Effects, Early Childhood Education, Infant Care, Infants, Parent Participation, Public Policy, Young Children
Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, 310 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.