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McCabe, Lisa A.; Sipple, John W. – Educational Policy, 2011
This chapter examines how the previously distinct worlds of early childhood education (ECE) and K-12 public school education are being drawn together through the recent and rapid advances of prekindergarten programming in the United States. Tensions around teaching philosophies, teacher qualifications, and financing are presented to illustrate the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Educational Policy, Educational Philosophy
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Lowenstein, Amy E. – Educational Policy, 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…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Low Income Groups, Outcomes of Education
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Miller, Lawrence J.; Smith, Stephanie C. – Educational Policy, 2011
With growing evidence that human capital investment is more efficiently spent on younger children coupled with wide variation in preschool access across states, this article uses a neoliberal approach to examine the potential social costs and benefits that could accrue should the United States decide to implement a centralized preschool…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Early Childhood Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability
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Hustedt, Jason T.; Barnett, W. Steven – Educational Policy, 2011
The landscape of financing early childhood education in the U.S. is complex. Programs run the gamut from tuition-supported private centers to public programs supported by federal, state, or local funds. Different funding streams are poorly coordinated. The federal government funds several major targeted programs that are available only to specific…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Educational Finance, Access to Education
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Cochran, Moncrieff – Educational Policy, 2011
In this chapter Dr. Cochran uses an empirically based overarching conceptual framework linking historical patterns, current policy goals and intervening influences as a tool for understanding the policy and program outcomes manifested in the early education programs of representative Western countries (Australia, France, Italy, Sweden). Policy…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Early Childhood Education, Parent Participation, Educational Change