The Promise of Preschool From Head Start to Universal Pre-Kindergarten

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The past 45 years have seen the emergence of education for young children as a national issue, spurred by the initiation of the Head Start program in the 1960s, efforts to create a child care system in the 1970s, and the campaign to reform K-12 schooling in the 1980s. Today, the push to make preschool the beginning of public education for all children has gained support in many parts of the country and promises to put early education policy on the national agenda. Yet questions still remain about the best ways to shape policy that will fulfill the promise of preschool. In The Promise of Preschool , Elizabeth Rose traces the history of decisions on early education made by presidents from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, by other lawmakers, and by experts, advocates, activists, and others. Using this historical context as a lens, the book shows how the past shapes today's preschool debate and provides meaningful perspective on the policy questions that need to be addressed as we move forward: Should we provide preschool to all children, or just to the neediest? Should it be run by public schools, or incorporate private child care providers? How do we most effectively ensure educational quality and success? The Promise of Preschool is a balanced, in-depth investigation into these and other important questions and demonstrates how an understanding of the past can stimulate valuable debate about the care and education of young children today.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Rose is an adjunct professor and the project director of a Teaching American History grant at Central Connecticut State University. She is the author of A Mother's Job: The History of Day Care, 1890-1960 (OUP, 1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
How We Got Here
Promises and Politics: Head Start Sets the Stage in the 1960sp. 13
Creating a Patchwork Approach to Child Care in the 1970sp. 43
Separate Strands: Early Education and Child Care for Poor Children in the 1980sp. 71
Opening Doors to Universal Preschool in the 1990sp. 101
Preschool for All: Building a Movement in the 2000sp. 131
Where We Are Going
"Preschool for All" or Preschool for the Needy? Universal and Targeted Approaches in the Statesp. 153
Mixed Blessings: Delivering Preschool Inside and Outside the "Education Tent"p. 175
Putting the Promise of Preschool into Practicep. 193
Conclusion: History Lessons for Preschool Advocatesp. 213
p. 231
p. 232
Notesp. 233
Indexp. 273
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