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The Solution for the Workforce Dilemma is the Public Schools


February 8, 2018 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Jason Sachs

To facilitate interaction among ideas presented in New America’s “Moving Beyond False Choices for Early Childhood Educators,” Series Editor Stacie G. Goffin provides opening comments. For readers new to the Series, her  introduction  explains the Series’ intent.  Jason Sachs’ assumes a different position from  the first post  on the interplay among preparation and education, compensation and status, and diversity…

Funding the Future


January 24, 2018 Economics and FinanceQuality and Curriculum
GG Weisenfeld

Education commissioners from across the country recently gathered at their annual Winter Commissioners Meeting to learn, share ideas, and prepare to guide education policy in the coming year. Building on the 2016 Education Commission of the States (ECS) report, K-3 Policymakers’ Guide to Action: Making the early years count , the meeting focused on strategic planning for the future—ensuring a capable future workforce through intentional investments across P-20…

Determining Early Childhood Program Costs and Benefits


December 8, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

A new review from Rand providing research on the costs and benefits of programs to support early childhood development indicates there is vast room for improvement—not just in programs, but in the application of economic analysis to these programs. Too often, BCA becomes a tool for advocacy for existing programs rather than for understanding and…

Tight Budgets Force Hard Choices Among Child Care Providers


November 21, 2017 Economics and Finance
David Lowenberg

This blog originally appeared on the Education Writers Association website  following the EWA Covering Early Learning conference in Chicago. “An impossible equation.” That’s how Phil Acord describes the challenge of keeping afloat a high-quality early learning program that serves children from low-income families. As the president of the Chambliss Center for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides around-the-clock care…

Why the Source of Preschool Funding Matters


September 2, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and Accountability
by Richard Kasmin

While research demonstrates the educational, economic, and social benefits of quality preschool, a portion of the public continues to see early learning as a social welfare program — babysitting for the poor — rather than education. From that perspective it makes little sense to provide the same universal access to preschool programs as to K-12…