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Introduction

Elizabeth Rose

in The Promise of Preschool

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395075
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199775767 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395075.003.0001
Introduction

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The United States' approach to educating and caring for young children relies on a patchwork of public and private programs serving children of different economic backgrounds, ages, and needs. Policymakers' decisions over the past 40 years have helped create this fragmented and market‐based system. Today's advocates are pushing to define preschool as part of public education, and to offer it to all children. The book will explore how past policy decisions have brought us to the current campaign for universal pre‐kindergarten, and how history can inform the questions that need to be answered in order to move ahead.

Keywords: child care; Head Start; preschool; history; policy; children

Chapter.  3806 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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