ERIC Number: EJ754762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
A Universal Early Childhood Education System
Brown, Christopher P.
Childhood Education, v83 n1 p44 Fall 2006
In this article, the author demonstrates how the current emphasis on viewing early childhood education (ECE) as an investment keeps ECE at the margins of U.S. political debates as well as in other discussions around the world. Historically, the field of ECE in the United States has struggled, and continues to struggle, for political positioning. While studies continue to demonstrate ECE's effectiveness in preparing students for success in later life (e.g., Schweinhart et al., 2005), politicians and the public appear unwilling to implement or advocate for a universal early childhood education system. The author believes that the lack of political will to broaden ECE exists because the field continues to position itself to policymakers as an intervention or investment. Using George Lakoff's (2002, 2004) cognitive theory as a foundation, the author argues that early childhood educators must consider strategies to reframe their positioning of ECE so that they can move their field from the margins to the heart of discussions over education policy.
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Access to Education, Politics of Education, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation, Equal Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States