Chapter

How it all started

Naomi Eisenstadt

in Providing a Sure Start

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427304
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427304.003.0001
How it all started

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This chapter includes the background and history of the creation of a new programme called Sure Start. The expected outcome of the programme was a reduction in the disadvantage that low-income children experienced on school entry. It tells the story of what happened over the next twelve years in policy and practice for young children following that first meeting with Glass. It tells the story of how a new government decided to invest in young children, what their hopes were for that investment, and to what extent those hopes were realised. It charts the development of Sure Start from the viewpoint of neither an academic historian, politician, nor career civil servant.

Keywords: Sure Start; disadvantage; low-income; Glass; school entry

Chapter.  2019 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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