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ERIC Number: EJ808232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Birth to 5 and Beyond: A Growing Movement in Early Education
Goldstein, Anne; Lombardi, Joan; Schumacher, Rachel
Zero to Three, v26 n6 p41-47 Jul 2006
Across the country, states are developing more unified and comprehensive education systems for young children. The authors of this article outline seven features that help connect various early education programs across a state. First, supportive governance ensures that all parts of an early care and education system complement, rather than conflict with, each other. Second, public-private partnerships can aid in planning, engage a variety of stakeholders, and involve local community leaders and private funds in support of the birth to 5 system. Third, professional development ensures a knowledgeable and well-compensated early care and education workforce that improves program quality and leads to positive child outcomes. Fourth, quality rating systems (QRS) provide states with a structure and set of policy levers that can guide quality, accountability, and financing of programs. Fifth, early learning guidelines (ELGs) communicate about what young children generally can be expected to know, understand, and be able to do. Sixth, state prekindergarten funding has grown dramatically in recent years, and programs should have elements such as low teacher to child ratios, small class sizes, and collaborative relationships with parents. Lastly, infant and toddler initiatives like Paid Family Leave and Early Head Start provide beneficial support to parents and children alike. However, concern for quality childhood education should not end when children enter school. Furthermore, challenges like equity for children of low income and culturally diverse families await state leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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