ERIC Number: ED449895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Pre-K Initiatives in Five States. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 29.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
The 29th in the National Center for Early Development & Learning's (NCEDL) "Spotlight" series, this report is based on a technical report available online, and summarizes findings of a study analyzing the change strategies used in the development of pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds in the states of Georgia, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, and Texas. Key figures in political and educational circles were interviewed to determine the major facilitators to the policy shift, the barriers to be overcome, and strategies used to make the policy shift. The findings indicated major differences among the five states related to financial support, a gradual versus sudden program establishment, and the organizational support systems available. Commonalities among the five states included significant political leadership, early school failure as a key reason for program initiation, embedding the pre-K program into a larger package of educational reform, considerable effort to convince child care providers and Head Start that the pre-K program would not harm their interests, the significant media role, the lack of a visible role for higher education, and the role of political forces and professional education and child care groups in developing program strategies. Advice to states wishing to begin or extend pre-K programs relates to linkages to larger educational reform, the importance of early childhood, political leadership and support, funding sources, transportation, infrastructure data systems, program quality assurance, collaboration with stakeholders, and other social movements adding support to the policy changes. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Early Intervention, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, State Programs
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB # 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185; Tel: 919-966-0867; Web site: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Illinois; New York; South Carolina; Texas