Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future
This paper marks one of the final breaths of the big Pew initiative to expand universal pre-K. (Pew’s Pre-K Now campaign will cease operations at year’s end after a decade of work and more than $10 million pumped into early-ed advocacy.) But a grand breath it is. After much throat-clearing about the benefits of early childhood education, the authors introduce a hefty list of state and federal policy recommendations to ensure expansion of pre-K programs going forward: Pre-K standards must be added to the Common Core, assessments must be developed for the early grades, and education schools must incorporate child development in all teacher-prep programs. Of course, we’ve long questioned the efficacy and financial feasibility of expanding publicly funded preschool programs to all of America’s tots rather than targeting it to the neediest among them. So, while some may wax nostalgic with this passing of Pre-K Now, we aren’t sad to welcome Pre-K Yesterday.
Allison de la Torre, Jennifer V. Doctors, Masooma Hussain, et al., “Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future” (Washington, D.C.: The Pew Center on the States, 2011).
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