ERIC Number: ED492312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Preschool Programs: A Synthesis of Current Policy Issues. A Center Policy & Practice Brief
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Once again, early education has emerged as a major policy and program topic. And, while the importance of early education is undisputed, the increasing calls for "Universal Preschool" and full-day kindergartens have yielded considerable controversy. Our specific interest in public policy for preschool programs stems from our concerns about promoting social and emotional development, preventing learning, behavior, and emotional development, preventing learning, behavior, and emotional problems, and addressing such problems at an early age. This brief is designed to provide highlights of basic issues that permeate public policy discussions of pre-K programs. It also includes references to detailed guides and reports that expand on these matters. Appended are: (1) A Few Examples of Public-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Programs; (2) Three Famous and Frequently Cited Programs; and (3) Using the Center's Quick Find on Early Childhood Development.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Social Development, Child Development, Emotional Development, Early Childhood Education, Equal Education, Educational Finance, Cost Effectiveness, Early Intervention, High Risk Students, Access to Education
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Bureau of Community Health Services (DHHS/HSA), Washington, DC. Office for Maternal and Child Health.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.