ERIC Number: ED446865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-10
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Intervention Programs: What Are the Costs and Benefits? Congressional Research Briefing Summary.
Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne; Currie, Janet; Besharov, Douglas J.
While recent research in cognitive development suggests that the period from birth to age 3 provides a unique opportunity for interventions to change the life-course of children, there is great disagreement regarding the best means of allocating public funds toward early childhood intervention. Further, there is little research into the long-term effects of early education programs for disadvantaged children. This report summarizes the remarks of three nationally recognized scholars discussing these and other topics at a Congressional Research Briefing "Early Childhood Intervention Programs: What Are the Costs and Benefits?" Jeanne Brooks-Gunn's remarks explain the structure of early childhood programs and the nature of their short-term impacts on child development, and provide an assessment of early childhood at the optimal point of intervention. Janet Currie's remarks focus on the long-term impacts of early interventions, such as academic attainments as well as program costs and benefits. Douglas Besharov's remarks examine the research literature and offer policy alternatives to Head Start programs. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies.; Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Inst. for Policy Research.; Joint Center for Policy Research, IL.