ERIC Number: ED491589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 12
Early Childhood Education: Investing in Quality Makes Sense. AERA Research Points, Volume 3, Issue 2, Fall 2005
Resnick, Lauren B. Ed.; Zurawsky, Chris Ed.
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
With about 60 percent of American children under age 5 spending part of their day in care outside the home, many policymakers seem to be jumping on the early childhood education bandwagon. Most states now fund or are creating preschool programs, many have developed learning standards for young children, and it is becoming widely accepted that high-quality early childhood education enhances school readiness and reduces racial and ethnic achievement gaps. Policy makers need to know where to direct their efforts before students can fully reap the rewards of early education. In designing high-quality early childhood programs, many important choices need to be made, such as deciding whether to provide universal care or to target services to the most vulnerable youngsters; how much time is needed in preschool (i.e., what age to start, how many years it should last, and whether it should be full day or half day); and what kind of follow-up might be needed in "regular school." The first step in making such decisions is knowing what makes a program "high quality."
Descriptors: Young Children, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, Preschool Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.