ERIC Number: ED491074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Early Learning Left Out: An Examination of Public Investments in Education and Development by Child Age
Bruner, Charles; Elias, Victor; Stein, Debbie; Schaefer, Stephanie
Voices for America's Children
This study presents the most comprehensive picture, to date, of public investments in the education and development of children by three age groupings--the early learning years (roughly 0-5), the school-aged years (roughly 6-18), and the college-aged years (roughly 19-23). It is based upon detailed analysis of state, federal, and school district spending in 12 states across the country, conducted by organizations in those states with strong understanding of early childhood services and state budgeting. It is designed to give policymakers and the public a better understanding of overall public investments on education and development of children, in the context of the research on brain growth and child development and the research on potential returns on investment from early learning programs. This report is part of a two-year effort to organize the complex array of state, federal, and school district funding streams in a way that states can determine how much government invests on education and development and other services by child age. Appendices include: (1) 12-State Data; and (2) Individual State Data. (Contains 28 endnotes, 18 graphs, and 1 table.) [This report was also produced by Voices for America's Children, in partnership with South Dakota Coalition for Children; and The Children's Alliance of Washington.]
Descriptors: School District Spending, Educational Finance, Brain, Child Development, Early Intervention, Investment, State Aid, Federal Aid, Educational Finance, Resource Allocation, Educational Research, Government Role, Budgets, Financial Support
Voices for America's Children, 1000 Vermont Ave, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-289-0777, ext. 217; Fax: 202-289-0776; Web site: http://www.voices.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Child and Family Policy Center, Des Moines, IA.; VOICES for Alabama's Children, Montgomery.; Children's Action Alliance, Phoenix, AZ.; Colorado Children's Campaign, Denver.; Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven.; Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.; Michigan's Children, Lansing.; Citizens for Missouri's Children, St. Louis.; Vermont Children's Forum, Montpelier.; Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Inc., Madison.