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In this seminal volume, leading authorities strategize about how to create early childhood systems that transcend politics and economics to serve the needs of all young children. The authors offer different interpretations of the nature of early childhood systems, discuss the elements necessary to support their development, and examine how effectiveness can be assessed. With a combination of cutting-edge scholarship and practical examples of systems-building efforts taking place in the field, this book provides the foundation educators and policymakers need to take important steps toward developing more conceptually integrated approaches to early childhood care, education, and comprehensive services.
Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kristie Kauerz is the program director for PreK-3rd Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).
Table of Contents
|Context For Early Childhood Systems|
|Early Childhood Systems: Looking Deep, Wide, and Far||p. 3|
|Perspectives on and Visions of Early Childhood Systems||p. 18|
|Vision vs. Reality: The Real Challenge of Large Systems Development||p. 18|
|Early Childhood Systems: An Important Means to an Essential End||p. 25|
|When English Is Not Spoken Here: Creating a System That Supports Linguistic and Cultural Diversity for Young Children||p. 30|
|A Systems Approach to Young Children's Healthy Development and Readiness for School||p. 35|
|A State Vision for an Early Childhood System: Meaningful Governance||p. 41|
|Bringing Early Childhood into the Education System: Pre-K-3rd||p. 47|
|Early Learning and Development Standards: An Elixir for Early Childhood Systems Reform||p. 55|
|Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Frameworks for Early Care and Education Systems Change||p. 71|
|Governance and Early Childhood Systems: Different Forms, Similar Goals||p. 87|
|Professional Development in Early Childhood Systems||p. 104|
|Early Childhood Data Systems: A Platform for Better Outcomes for Children and Programs||p. 119|
|Transcendent System-Building Processes|
|Planning an Early Childhood System: Policies and Principles Matter||p. 137|
|Local-Level System Building||p. 155|
|How Do We Get There from Here? Financing the Transformation from a Collection of Programs to an Early Childhood System||p. 171|
|Estimating the Costs of Early Childhood Systems||p. 183|
|Evaluating System-Building Efforts||p. 199|
|Snapshots of System Building in Action|
|Establishing a Common Vision for Colorado's Early Childhood System||p. 219|
|Washington State's Early Learning and Development Benchmarks: A Foundation for an Aligned System||p. 226|
|The Missouri Quality Rating System||p. 232|
|Changing Governance and Governing Change: The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care||p. 239|
|Governance in Early Childhood Systems: The View from Pennsylvania||p. 245|
|Building a High-Performing Early Childhood Professional Development System: North Carolina||p. 252|
|Building an Early Childhood Budget to Support a Comprehensive Early Childhood System in Louisiana||p. 259|
|Looking Toward The Future: Finding Common Ground on System Building|
|Beyond Systemic Structures: Penetrating to the Core of an Early Care and Education System||p. 267|
|Looking Forward: Four Steps for Early Childhood System Building||p. 283|
|About the Editors and the Contributors||p. 303|
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