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Putting the Promise of Preschool into Practice

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/9780195395075.003.0009
Putting the Promise of Preschool into Practice

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By borrowing the practices of K‐12 schooling, pre‐kindergarten advocates hope to gain higher‐quality classrooms, trained and well‐compensated teachers, stable funding, and access for more children. However, pressure to improve student achievement in reading and math may make it difficult for a balanced, child‐centered curriculum to flourish, and parent involvement may be a lower priority. Putting the promise of preschool into practice requires attention not only to securing for preschool the professionalism and stability that schools can offer, but also to sustaining the strengths of early childhood programs that grew up outside of schools. Teacher training and compensation, curriculum, and parent involvement are some of the key questions that policymakers today face as they seek to ensure that the preschool system they build will be of high quality.

Keywords: quality; standards; teacher training; compensation; parent involvement; curriculum

Chapter.  7835 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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