ERIC Number: ED517810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Early Care and Education--What It Costs. Volume 1. Budget Series: Community Pre-K
Child Care, Inc.
The research on early childhood education is clear: Programs must be of high quality to produce positive outcomes for children. In recent years, educational economists have refined their analysis of "high quality" and identified the core components of successful prekindergarten programs: They employ qualified teachers who are properly compensated, and they also provide other support to assure that healthy development is on track, including health services, proper nutrition and family support. The new research provides a critically important framework for policymakers in New York City as prekindergarten expands. The city will only achieve the results the public seeks and children need if pre-k is funded at a level to support these core components of quality. The question of funding levels is growing ever more urgent as the city moves toward a coordinated system of early childhood education in all settings, including child care, Head Start and prekindergarten. This year, city officials have announced a new, long-range goal of making pre-k funding the primary source of public support for early care and education of four-year-olds. This new vision builds on the powerful partnership already established between the public education system and community-based organizations in delivering Universal Prekindergarten services. The city's new vision springs from a new state commitment to expand prekindergarten funding and make the services available to all four-year-olds on a voluntary basis. Given these new policy directions, there is a need to better understand the cost of providing early childhood education. Child Care, Inc. has prepared this policy brief as the first in a series to examine what it costs to provide preschool children with a high-quality early learning opportunity focused on all aspects on a child's development. This paper examines the community model for pre-k services. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Preschool Education, Educational Quality, Costs, Budgets, Financial Support, Urban Areas, Community Programs, Community Organizations, School Space
Child Care, Inc. 322 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Tel: 212-929-7604; Fax: 212-929-5785; Web site: http://www.childcareinc.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: Child Care, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: New York