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ERIC Number: ED504487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
When Business Gets Involved: A Case Study of Business Community Involvement In Illinois' Early Childhood Education Policy
Kovach, Melissa
Public Policy Forum
As the first state to offer universal preschool to three-year-olds, Illinois' experience with early childhood education (ECE) policy reform efforts offers lessons about how such change takes shape. This report details Illinois' ECE activities from 1992 to the present, with a particular focus on the business role in ECE policy. Lessons learned include: (1) Efforts are sustained over long time periods; (2) Certain catalyst individuals are important, and may include business people, philanthropists, researchers, and elected officials; (3) The cause is strengthened by diverse groups working together; (4) Success is not dependent on a single supportive governor, because terms in office may be even more temporary than one thinks; (5) The business case is bolstered by descriptions using economic and workforce development terms; and (6) A variety of tactics are used, such as letters to the editor, research reports, luncheons, developing strategic relationships, and even television commercials. (Contains 24 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois