Comparative Study of Early Childhood Education in Selected High Performing Countries

This study seeks to understand why American students are not performing competitively on benchmarks of international achievement. It examines promising and innovative approaches to early childhood policy, practice, and service delivery that contribute to the quality, equitable distribution, and sustainability of services for young children in six high-performing countries. This study adopts a systems approach to considerations of early childhood services, integrating the disciplines of education, health, and social welfare. It also acknowledges the critical role of culture in shaping personal and societal values, and the quality of services afforded young children.

Funding Source: National Center for Education and the Economy

Contact: Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D.