Sharing Web Resources

I chose the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) because it had a lot of very interesting research and updated news from a variety of publications concerning early childhood matters.  Sara Mead’s article entitled “Pre-K for All” for the US News and World Report issue of March 26th 2015 was particularly interesting because it covered our topic for this week. In her article she makes the argument for Pre-K for all children. She brings up the fact that a lot of children who would benefit from high quality early childhood programs such as the Head Start program do not qualify for state subsidies because their families have incomes just above the cut off for eligibility. These families lose out because they make too much to be subsidized and too little to afford a high –quality early childhood education. She concludes that we should invest in policies that enable all children, especially those in low-income families, to access quality pre-k programs.

The second was an article by Steven Barnett and Milagros Nores of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and it was titled “The Economics of Early Childhood Programs: Lasting Benefits and Large Returns”. The article outlined the potential gains for early childhood education and care (ECEC) and concluded that ECEC can be a strong public investment because it increases educational achievement and attainment by improving the test scores and avoiding grade repetition which sometimes causes children to drop out of school. It decreases economic and educational inequality by giving all children access to the same sound early foundation. By investing in early childhood education and care we are also reducing future problems of delinquency, drug use and early pregnancies and less welfare dependency.

Sara Mead made an interesting statement in her plea for continued support for early childhood programs and care in her US News and World report. She admits that there are some problems that are encountered in funding the early childhood programs and some have less than desired outcomes, but she asks that the policy makers and the public consider all the evidence that is available for the pros of early childhood education.

“Sure, some at risk children will succeed without access to high quality preschool. We have all heard stories of people who smoked their whole lives and never developed cancer or emphysema; who were thrown from a car while not wearing a seat belt and suffered no injury; who dropped out of school and went on to great success; and who took a long shot from half-court to score the winning basket. We also know better than to think these stories are a guide to success in our personal lives or basketball. Policy makers need to apply the same type of good sense to pre-k and take the high percentage shot” (Mead, S. March 26, 2015).

There were a large number of research and resources covering the topics of economics, politics and science in early childhood that answer questions concerning the evidence of long term cognitive benefits of early childhood education, the estimated effects of state and local preschool programs, is Head start effective, can government improve the quality of public preschool?. This website has a lot of articles covering all subjects concerning early childhood research. By exploring this website I found a lot of articles on early childhood education matters from different states and the different and steps they are all taking to put early childhood education on the forefront of education.

References

Mead, S. (March 26, 2015). Pre-K for all. US News and World report. Retrieved from http://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge_bank/2015/3/26/5-reasons-we-need-universal-pre-k.

Barnett, S., & Nores, M., (March 15, 2013). The economics of early childhood programs: Lasting benefits and large returns. Retrieved from http://nieer.org/sites/nieer/files/economics%20of%20ECE_Loyola_Nores.pdf

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7 thoughts on “Sharing Web Resources

  1. Kate Koontz says:

    I enjoying reading your post. I really liked the article and comments made by Sara Mead. She seems to have her head on straight and sees clearly what young children and the early childhood program need. It is a shame for those children who fall in the “gap”. The reality is that more children than we realize fall in that “gap” and those are the children, whom as older children and young adults, face the most negative consequences. Those children start the vicious cycle. As advocates for young children, we need to take the lead like Sara Mead did educate the public and do something about it. It starts with one. Let all of us be that “one”.
    Kate

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  2. I am enjoying visiting your blog every week. Until this week, I hadn’t recognized how much economists, politicians, and scientists were influencing our field and every new perspective is very interesting. The social, economic, and educational benefits of quality early care speak for themselves. Sara Mead’s position was very well put and if you can compare/relate issues in our country to money and athletics, the chance of someone paying attention seems much greater.

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  3. Marla Hatrak says:

    The more we talk about it, the more people will think about it. Over time, some people will change minds and support public investment in ECEC. Mayor de Blasio of New York City campaigned on a platform of universal Pre-K for All. He won, and he got $300 million from the State to implement. This could and might have a ripple effect on the rest of the country. Check out their implementation plan:

    Office of the Mayor (January 2014) Ready to Launch: New York City’s Implementation Plan for Free, High-Quality, Full-Day Universal Pre-Kindergarten. Retrieved March 2015 from: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/home/downloads/pdf/reports/2014/Ready-to-Launch-NYCs-Implementation-Plan-for-Free-High-Quality-Full-Day-Universal-Pre-Kindergarten.pdf

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  4. Mary Preville says:

    Appreciate your two articles. Your first article PreK for All hits right on target. It gives support to an article I read on the direction the Obama administration is taking. Quality early childhood education is a necessity for all children, but I concur with Sara Mead that children from low-income families definitively reap gains in high-quality early childhood programs.

    Mary

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  5. Thank you for highlighting the article on Sara Mead about using common sense and progress is not failure. It makes me wonder what education would be like if politicians thought more like scientists in respect to progress.
    Jeannie

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  6. Hi ,I did enjoy reading your article Sara Mead was correct, if we believe in politicians we will continue waiting for change. It is time for others to step foward and make a difference in the life of our children and their families. We are counting on our future scholars.

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