ERIC Number: ED457973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Starting Early, Starting Now: A Policymaker's Guide to Early Care & Education and School Success.
The development of a high quality system of early care and education requires the attention, investment, and action of several groups, including parents, business leaders and philanthropists, teachers, media, and policymakers. This report, produced by the Education Commission of the States (ECS) as part of its Early Learning: Improving Results for Young Children initiative, is designed to serve as a practical guide for policymakers and others to use in their efforts to build systematic and sustainable reform of early care and education. The report features an overview of why the issue of early care and education has emerged as a critical public policy issue and why policymakers should pay attention to it. The report also examines issues policymakers face as they grapple with early care and education, including confusing terms, and complex and sometimes conflicting public perceptions and values, with tips for dealing with these challenges. Critical components of an effective early care and education system are reviewed. Also described are some innovative approaches being used by states to improve voluntary, high-quality, and accessible early care and education. Finally, the report provides a checklist for state policymakers interested in moving forward with strategic planning and implementation of early childhood policy, including a list of useful readings, Web sites, and other resources. (Contains 30 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Planning, Program Effectiveness, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Values, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden, CT.; Harris Family Foundation, Inc., Huntsville, AL.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Charles A. Dana Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.