Quest for Quality Promising Innovations for Early Childhood Programs

ISBN-10: 1598570862
ISBN-13: 9781598570861
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company Incorporated
Publication date: 6/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

High-quality early childhood programs have a tremendous positive impact on children¿s school readiness and long-term success¿but with obstacles like high teacher turnover and a fragmented system, many programs don¿t give young children the best possible start. Decision-makers can work toward change with the help of this forward-thinking book, the most comprehensive, up-to-date research synthesis available on quality in early childhood education (ECE). Bringing together the biggest ideas and the best thinking from more than a dozen top researchers in the ECE quality movement, this book clearly lays out what we know about quality today, which areas need focused improvement efforts, and what kind of innovative program-level changes will strengthen outcomes for children. Beginning with an in-depth look at what makes a program ¿high-quality,¿ readers will fully explore the complex issues and challenges surrounding implementation of a coordinated, comprehensive, and integrated ECE system; effective teacher professional development¿both preservice and inservice; accurate quality measurement across all key facets of a program; early learning standards as a tool to guide program improvement efforts; and technical assistance activities that enhance and sustain program quality. Readers will discover the promising new directions, bold innovations, and future policy requirements that will help them break down the barriers to program quality and repair the fragmented system. With this critical, rigorously researched look at the past, present, and future of early childhood education, program administrators and other decision-makers will have the insights they need to work for real change and ensure the high-quality education every young child deserves.

Virginia Buysse earned her doctoral degree in early intervention and early childhood special education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Senior Scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute and Research Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Buysse began her career as a preschool teacher. She has since directed or conducted a number of research projects on a variety of topics, including practices related to serving Latino children and families; consultation in early childhood settings; parent leadership development; friendship and peer acceptance among young children; and the cost, quality, and outcomes of preschool inclusion. Dr. Buysse is on the editorial boards of Exceptional Children, Journal of Early Intervention, Infants and Young Children, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and Young Exceptional Children. She also serves as co-editor of Early Developments newsletter that is jointly published by the FPG Child Development Institute and the National Center for Early Development and Learning.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Foreword
Preface
Changing Times and the Quest for Quality
Research on Program Quality: The Evidence Base
Issues in Measuring Program Quality
Early Learning Standards and Quality Improvement Initiatives: A Systemic Approach to Supporting Children's Learning and Development
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Achieving the Promise for Programs, Parents, Children, and Early Childhood Systems
Professional Development and Quality Initiatives: Two Essential Components of an Early Childhood System
Rethinking Technical Assistance to Support Quality Improvement
Early Childhood Policy and Implications for Quality Initiatives
Program Quality Through the Lens of Disruptive Innovation Theory
Index

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