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One section of the book is entitled “What Should Come Before and After Preschool?” This section does not fit neatly into a debate, but it is an important topic nonetheless. It discusses these issues:
The Link Between Consistent Caring Interactions with Babies, Early Brain Development, and School Readiness
School readiness initiatives must change in two ways: 1) The initiatives must start earlier than they currently do, with more attention given to experiences that happen to children before their second birthday, in the womb, at home, and in child care. 2) These initiatives need to be geared to the ways babies learn and not downward extensions of successful practices with older children.
- What Should Come Before Preschool: Lessons from Early Head Start
The results from Early Head Start suggest birth-to-3 programs are important but that effects will be diluted if the program is not able to achieve full implementation and is not focused on both child and family outcomes.
Economic Benefits of Intervention Programs Implemented in the First Decade of Life
This chapter presents evidence on the impact and cost-effectiveness of early childhood development programs for school readiness, school achievement and performance, and long-term life-course development.
Transforming America’s Primary Education System for the 21st Century: Integrating K–12 Education with Prekindergarten
PreK-3rd is a critical stage in the first 6 years of publicly supported education. Its promise is that, by providing a seamless learning continuum over those years, leaks in the education pipeline from pre-K to Grade 3 and beyond (which turn into gushers by the beginning of high school) will be lessened, and that most of our children will be educated for a global society.
Redirecting Title I
A better use of Title I funds would be to build on the benefits of preschool during children’s early years of elementary school by creating a dovetailed program from kindergarten through grade three that would continue to incorporate Head Start’s bedrock principles of parent involvement and comprehensive services, joined to appropriate curricula during these four fundamental grades.