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ERIC Number: ED544246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
Early Care and Education: Policy Considerations for Ensuring High-Quality Pre-K Programs
Best, Jane; Cohen, Courtney
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
Interest in early care and education (ECE), also referred to as an early childhood education, has escalated in recent years. The interest is bipartisan, as evidenced by the multiple ECE-related bills already introduced by the 113th Congress. Further, 39 states have implemented prekindergarten (pre-K) programs. In 2013, 27 governors mentioned ECE in their State of the State Addresses, and 15 of those proposed pre-K program expansion (Mead, 2013). Nationwide attention to ECE and pre-K programs increased significantly after President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address when he announced plans to expand pre-K programs and take a step towards universal pre-K in all states. This announcement has caused skeptics and supporters alike to take a closer look at the necessity of pre-K programs and what role they play in a child's future success. Best practices for pre-K programs can be derived by analyzing ECE data and evaluating pre-existing pre-K programs. This brief will address those best practices and provide five necessary program areas for fostering a successful, high-quality ECE system. These include: (1) coordinated ECE governance; (2) standards alignment between ECE and K-12; (3) professional development needs; (4) ECE program assessments; and (5) coordinated longitudinal data systems (Barnett, 2013; Demma, 2010; Early Childhood Data Collaborative [ECDC]. 2010; ECDC, 2011; NAEYC, 2011; NGA, 2012).
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants