New wine in old bottles: Increasing the coherence of early childhood care and education policy

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Abstract

Early childhood care and education (ECCE) policy is inadequately funded, fragmented, and internally inconsistent. The roots of these problems lie in historic social transformations that have fundamentally altered the public interests in ECCE and antiquated the programmatic structures which shape ECCE policy. The public interests in ECCE are analyzed and federal policy from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s is chronicled, with particular attention to changes in the amount of funding and its allocation. Policy changes beginning around 1988 may have signaled an important shift in federal policy, but problems of incoherence appear to have intensified. Alternative proposals for systemic reform of ECCE policy are evaluated and specific recommendations are made for radical restructuring of federal policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-558
Number of pages40
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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