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ERIC Number: ED454948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 12
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Prekindergarten Programs in the States: Trends and Issues.
Mitchell, Anne
This paper focuses on pre-kindergarten programs, defined by four characteristics: the programs are supported by state funds, focused on early learning for school success or school readiness, aimed at children of pre-kindergarten age (under 5 years, usually 3 to 4 years), and designed to deliver group learning experiences at least several days a week. The paper describes general approaches to pre-K used by states; provides a brief history of state-funded programs over the last century; describes current practices; and discusses trends in the field related to growth, funding, public schools, universal provision, working families, and quality. The paper concludes with recommendations for pre-kindergarten policy: (1) commit to universal access; (2) use all available resources in the early education delivery systems; (3) commit to quality and require it with program standards; (4) engage the community in planning; and (5) allocate sufficient funds. (EV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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