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

Paperback | July 15, 2012

byElizabeth Rose

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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 makepreschool 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 shapestoday'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 mosteffectively 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.

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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 makepreschool the beginning of public education f...

Elizabeth Rose is a historian with interests in women's history, family history, education, and social policy. She is the author of A Mother's Job: The History of Day Care, 1890-1960 and has taught at Vanderbilt University, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, as well as working on several public history and museum projects. She ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: How We Got Here1. Promises and Politics: Head Start Sets the Stage in the 1960s2. Creating a Patchwork Approach to Child Care in the 1970s3. Separate Strands: Early Education and Child Care for Poor Children in the 1980s4. Opening Doors to Universal Preschool in the 1990s5. Preschool for All: Building a Movement in the 2000sPart Two: Where We Are Going6. "Preschool for All" or Preschool for the Needy? Universal and Targeted Approaches in the States7. Mixed Blessings: Delivering Preschool Inside and Outside the "Education Tent"8. Putting the Promise of Pre-K into PracticeConclusion: History Lessons for Preschool AdvocatesAppendix AAppendix BIndex

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"The Promise of Preschool deftly employs stories about people, places, and reform movements to account for America's patchwork approach to preschool, and does so with an eye to broader theoretical questions about how history constrains and enables social change." --Jeff Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education, Columbia University