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The Early Advantage
Book 2 Now Available!
Building Systems that Work for Young Children

Join world-renowned early childhood researcher Sharon Lynn Kagan for the release of The Early Advantage 2: Building Systems That Work for Young Children. Hosted by NCEE President & CEO Anthony Mackay, the event will feature a presentation from Kagan on the book’s findings and discussion of its implications with leading voices in early childhood education and care. REGISTER NOW >>

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About the Study

As educators and policymakers around the globe grapple with how to best serve their youngest learners, a few systems are taking the lead. A new, groundbreaking study, The Early Advantage, finds that Australia, England, Finland, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea and Singapore are pioneering new but remarkably different visions for early childhood education and care (ECEC).

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New York City Universal Pre-K (UPK) Study

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As early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs have expanded across the country, policymakers are trying to build coherent ECEC systems that promote quality, equity, and efficiency. A challenge to implementing such efforts is that ECEC services are often overseen by diverse ministries, departments and/or agencies, such as those with responsibility for education, human service, community development, welfare, and/or social services. This lack of administrative cohesion often translates into services for youngsters that may be of less than optimal quality, inequitably distributed among children, and inefficiently operated. Causing confusion for families, policymakers, and practitioners, such uncoordinated governance is facing increased challenges as programs for young children expand under divergent auspices. Long concerned about such inhibitors to quality, the NCCF has conducted an empirical study of one such mixed-delivery system in New York City, where an ambitious policy initiative, Pre-K for All, has confronted the persistent challenges posed by a bifurcated administrative structure. The results of the analyses and their policy implications can inform policymakers across the country who are striving to create equitable, effective, and efficient ECEC systems.

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