ERIC Number: ED498215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-27
Reference Count: 0
Investing in Young Children Pays Dividends: The Economic Case for Early Child Care and Education. Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress
Besharov, Douglas J.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
In his testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress, the author discusses what he considers to be the underlying question concerning issues of early childhood education: How to invest in preschool programs so that they have a reasonable chance of being a success. The testimony takes the form of a series of questions and answers. These questions are as follows: (1) Is there a serious achievement gap between low-income and more fortunate children, and should it be a matter of government concern? (2) What is the cause of the achievement gap, and can a preschool program reduce it? (3) Should funding for early care and education be expanded, and if so, for whom? (4) What are the options available to Congress for expanding child care and early childhood education programs? and (5) What should Congress do? (Contains 2 tables, 3 figures, and 12 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Cognitive Development, Child Development, Social Development
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.