ERIC Number: EJ911214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
Early Care and Education as Educational Panacea: What Do We Really Know about Its Effectiveness?
Lowenstein, Amy E.
Educational Policy, v25 n1 p92-114 Jan 2011
Most young children in the United States regularly spend time in early care and education (ECE) settings. Institutionalized messages surrounding ECE claim that it has the potential to promote children's life-long success, especially among low-income children. I examine the legitimacy of these claims by reviewing empirical evidence that bears on them and find that most are based on results of a small set of impressive but outdated studies. More recent literature reveals positive, short-term effects of ECE programs on children's development that weaken over time. Efforts to support children's long-term success must extend beyond the ECE setting into elementary school.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Low Income Groups, Outcomes of Education, Role of Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Research, Educational Policy, Articulation (Education), Educational History, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States