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ERIC Number: ED510326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 59
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Price of Quality: Estimating the Cost of a Higher Quality Early Childhood Care and Education System for Southeast Wisconsin. Revised
Kovach, Melissa; Dickman, Anneliese; Lam, Eva
Public Policy Forum
Throughout the United States, investments in high-quality early childhood education are seen by community leaders as a strategy for improving outcomes in areas such as K-12 education, workforce development, and economic development. Indeed, many research studies conclude that high quality early learning environments produce social, educational, and economic benefits for children and the communities in which they live. As a result, many state and local governments around the country are seeking to capture these benefits by investing in quality improvement efforts. Wisconsin is no different; the 2009-2010 state biennial budget calls for the Department of Children and Families to create a strategy for improving the quality of publicly-subsidized child care. While policymakers increasingly are looking to maximize the benefits of high-quality early childhood education, budget realities often dictate that they do so while minimizing the expenditure of public funds. Thus, this report seeks to inform these decisions in Wisconsin by estimating the costs of achieving improved quality in child care and early learning programs in southeast Wisconsin and analyzing policy options associated with quality improvement initiatives. Appended are: (1) Influential Studies; (2) Estimating Program Need and Participation; (3) Estimated Cost of Upgrading Child Care Quality for a Group Child Care Center; (4) Estimated Cost of Upgrading Child Care Quality for a Family Child Care Program; (5) Center Proxy Budget Assumptions; and (6) Family Child Care Proxy Budget Assumptions. (Contains 17 tables, 2 charts, and 67 footnotes.)
Public Policy Forum. 633 West Wisconsin Avenue Suite 406, Milwaukee, WI 53203. Tel: 414-276-8240; Fax: 414-276-9962; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Brico Fund; Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation; Faye McBeath Foundation; Rockwell Automation; Weiss Family Foundation; Buffett Early Childhood Fund; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin