ERIC Number: ED475629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
All Children Ready for School: The Case for Early Care and Education. A Guide for Policy Makers.
Gruendel, Janice M.; Oliveira, Margaret; Geballe, Shelley
This guide for state policymakers argues that Connecticut is facing a "quiet crisis" in the provision of early care and education (ECE) supports for the state's youngest children. The guide provides estimates for current and future ECE needs in the state and details five goals and related action steps to address the crisis: (1) all children born in 2004 will enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school; (2) all parents will have access to high quality early care and learning environments for their children while they are at work; (3) all ECE professionals will have educational opportunities to improve their skills and improved compensation and supports; (4) health and education services for children and families will be well-coordinated, accessible, affordable, and effective; and (5) there will be demonstrable improvement in the quality and availability of data available to and from the state and the ECE community. Several assets are described for improving Connecticut's programs, including efforts of the Early Childhood Alliance and other organizations to launch a statewide ECE agenda, and the availability of national technical assistance. The report concludes by noting that Connecticut has strong economic capacity that can be tapped to help support the goals of assuring that all children in the state enter kindergarten ready for school success and that with a sensible, multi-year plan to address the current crisis and with a multi-year resource commitment, Connecticut can assure that the needs of its youngest citizens are met. (Contains 43 footnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Care, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Family Needs, Objectives, Program Descriptions, Program Improvement, Public Policy, School Readiness, Young Children
Connecticut Voices for Children, 33 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510. Tel: 203-498-4240; Fax: 202-498-4242; Web site: http://www.ctkidslink.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: National Center for Children in Poverty, New York, NY.
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut