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"Connecting the Dots" to Unify Early Education Systems

8/23/2006:   An abridged version of the article Birth to 5 and Beyond: A Growing Movement in Early Education, published in the July 2006 issue of the Zero to Three Journal, is now available online, at no cost.

The article, written by Anne Goldstein, with Zero to Three; Joan Lombardi, with the Children's Project; and Rachel Schumacher, with the Center for Law and Social Policy, addresses the growing interest across the United States in early childhood development. The article acknowledges that only in recent years has there been an effort "to 'connect the dots' to develop more unified and comprehensive early education systems."

The abridged article summarizes the specific features that can be designed to connect the various programs across a state:
  • supportive governance structure
  • public-private partnerships
  • professional development
  • quality rating systems
  • early learning guidelines
  • prekindergarten funding
  • infant and toddler initiatives

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