ERIC Number: ED440780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-11
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool Education: Federal Investment for Low-Income Children Significant but Effectiveness Unclear. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Children and Families, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate.
Shaul, Marnie S.
This statement presented as testimony before the U.S. Senate discusses the importance of preschool education for children of low-income families. The testimony focuses on the federal and state commitment to preschool programs, including funding and collaborative efforts, and what is known about the effectiveness of federal preschool programs. After providing background about the benefits of high-quality early experiences to low-income children and the different kinds of programs funded by federal and state governments, the testimony notes the considerable investment in preschool programs for low-income children by the federal government, including funding for Head Start, Even Start, and Title I. Also discussed are expenditures for federal block grant programs, state funding of preschool programs, and the collaborative efforts that helped meet the need for full-day services. Noting that information is limited on the effectiveness of the programs, the testimony discusses what is known about the effectiveness of Head Start, Even Start, Title I, and block grant programs. The testimony concludes with a discussion of the challenges involved in assessing the effectiveness of programs. (LPP)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Government Role, Low Income Groups, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, State Aid, State Federal Aid, Young Children
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I