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Partnering for Preschool


April 1, 2008
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In this study of the New Jersey Abbott preschool program, researchers identify ingredients of success others can use in developing programs with mixed delivery systems.

Partnering for Preschool

By Marcy Whitebook, Sharon Ryan, Fran Kipnis, and Laura Sakai
February 2008

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment draws on New Jersey’s experience with the Abbott Preschool program in developing high-quality pre-K in which children performed equally well whether the program was delivered in public or private settings. With funding from NIEER, University of California, Berkeley Professor Marcy Whitebook , NIEER Research Fellow and Rutgers Professor Sharon Ryan, and colleagues interviewed directors of Abbott programs to compile a profile of their insights. Their analysis led to eight goals that policymakers in states striving for effective mixed delivery should keep in mind. Partnering for Preschool contains narratives from directors with hands-on experience in building the Abbott program.

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