ERIC Number: ED462178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool for All: Investing in a Productive and Just Society. A Statement by the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development.
Committee for Economic Development, New York, NY.
The Committee for Economic Development (CED), an independent research and policy organization of approximately 250 business leaders and educators, issued this report as a statement calling on federal and state governments to make early education available to all children age three and over. The statement maintains that in order to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn, the nation needs to reform its current approach by linking programs and providers into coherent state-based systems with the goal of universal access to free, high-quality prekindergarten classes, offered by a variety of providers, for all children whose parents want them to participate. The statement argues that universal access will be accomplished in the most timely and equitable way through a strong federal/state partnership, with states taking the lead in building universal prekindergarten systems. It is estimated that a serious commitment to universal early education will require a public investment of at least $25 to $35 billion more than current expenditures to extend access to free, part-day, part-year preschool programs to all children age 3 and up. The CED asserts that states' approach to providing universal preschool should be consistent with principles related to: (1) access to center-based programs meeting recognized standards; (2) service delivery through a variety of providers, with parents selecting the most appropriate setting; (3) financial subsidies for costs involved in early learning provided in partnership with the federal government; (4) efforts with the federal government to build infrastructure, improve program quality, and provide oversight services; and (5) improved data collection to ensure that comparable and reliable information is available on access, costs, and outcomes and knowledge about the most effective characteristics of early learning programs. Also included in the statement are memoranda of comment, reservation, or dissent; presentation of the objectives of the CED; and lists of the CED board of trustees, honorary trustees, research advisory board, professional and administrative staff, and previous CED statements on national policy. Appended is a discussion of how the cost of universal preschool was calculated. (Contains 66 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Preschool Education, Public Policy, Young Children
Committee for Economic Development, 477 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 ($15). Tel: 212-688-2063; Fax: 212-758-9068. For full text: http://www.ced.org/docs/report/report_preschool.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Committee for Economic Development, New York, NY.