Pre-K Debates Current Controversies and Issues

ISBN-10: 1598571834
ISBN-13: 9781598571837
Edition: 2011
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Description: Targeted or universal pre-K? Direct instruction or learning through play? These and other debates are heating up as more and more young children across the country gain access to pre-K programs. Now there¿s a single volume that spotlights today¿s  More...

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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Brookes Publishing
Publication date: 7/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Targeted or universal pre-K? Direct instruction or learning through play? These and other debates are heating up as more and more young children across the country gain access to pre-K programs. Now there¿s a single volume that spotlights today¿s most urgent pre-K debates, explores each one from all sides, and paves the way for sound, educated decision-making. Edited by a founder of Head Start and two other highly respected experts, this forward-thinking book gathers a who¿s who of more than 40 leading thinkers in early childhood education for a rigorous examination of the most debated pre-K issues. In a clear and compelling point¿counterpoint format, this book gives current and future decision-makers multifaceted perspectives on critical questions: What kind of teacher credentials and education should be required? When should pre-K services be provided and for how long? Where should pre-K be provided¿in public schools only or in other early childhood programs? What should the primary focus of instruction be¿academics or the whole child? How can we ensure quality and accountability in pre-K programs? Readers will also get a helpful synthesis of the major themes of the pre-K debate, investigate lessons learned from the model programs in two states, and identify key issues for future research and debate, including education policies for English language learners and children with special needs. This landmark book will prepare early childhood professionals to make informed decisions about the future of pre-K so all young children will have the best chance at school success.

About the Contributors
Introduction
An Overview of Preschool
Effective Child Development Strategies
The Right Policy at the Right Time: The Pew Prekindergarten Campaign
The Debates
Targeted versus Universal Preschool
The Economic Case for Targeted Preschool Programs
Preschool as Public Entitlement: Advancing Children or Political Interests?
Four Reasons the United States Should Offer Every Child a Preschool Education
About Everyone's Child: Winning Public Support for Early Learning
Universal Plus: What's Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well
Teacher Credentials versus Competencies and Supports
Minimum Requirements for Preschool Teacher Educational Qualifications
Bachelor's Degrees Are Necessary but Not Sufficient: Preparing Teachers to Teach Young Children
College Credentials and Caring: How Teacher Training Could Lift Young Children
A Degree Is Not Enough: Teachers Need Stronger and More Individualized Professional Development Supports to Be Effective in the Classroom
B.A. Plus: Reconciling Reality and Reach
Competencies and Credentials for Early Childhood Educators: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?
The Importance of Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: The Perspectives and Positions of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Cognitive/Academic Emphasis versus Whole Child Approach
The Cognitive/Academic Emphasis versus the Whole Child Approach: The 50-Year Debate
The Importance of Kindergarten-Entry Academic Skills
Academic Preschool: The French Connection
Classroom Practices and Children's Motivation to Learn
Classroom-Based Intervention as a Way to Support Low-Income Preschoolers' Emotional and Behavioral Development: Pressing Challenges and Potential Opportunities
The Great Balancing Act: Optimizing Cote Curricula Through Playful Pedagogy
Public Schools Only versus Other Sites
The Case for Public Preschool
Preschool Programs Should Be Coordinated in the Public Schools with Supports from Head Start and Child Care
Public Schools as the Hub of a Mixed-Delivery System of Early Care and Education
Applying Choice-Based Multivenue Education Concepts to Preschool Education
The Issues
How Can Quality and Accountability in Preschool Programs Be Ensured?
A Model Preschool Program
How to Make Early Childhood Programs Highly Effective
Why the Child-Parent Center Education Program Promotes Life-Course Development
Assessing Accountability and Ensuring Continuous Program Improvement: Why How, and Who
What Should Come Before and After Preschool?
The Link Between Consistent Caring Interactions with Babies, Early Brain Development, and School Readiness
What Should Come Before Preschool: Lessons from Early Head Start
Home Visitation
Economic Benefits of Intervention Programs Implemented in the First Decade of Life
Transforming America's Primary Education System for the 21st Century: Integrating K-12 Education with Prekindergarten
Redirecting Title I
What Next?
Lessons from the States
Prekindergarten in Oklahoma
New Jersey's Abbott Prekindergarten Program: A Model for the Nation
Danger of Overselling Preschool
A Warning Against Exaggerating the Benefits of Preschool Education Programs
Early Childhood Education: The Likelihood of Sustained Effects
Summary and Synthesis
The Prekindergarten Debates: Contrasting Perspectives, Integrative Possibilities, and Potential for Deepening the Debates
References
Index

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