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Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten


reviewed by Kristen D. Nawrotzki September 17, 2007

coverTitle: Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten
Author(s): Robert G. Lynch
Publisher: Economic Policy Institute, Washington
ISBN: 1932066284, Pages: 134, Year: 2007
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In 1935, on the heels of Depression-related kindergarten closures and attempting to drum up support for the New Deal's emergency nursery school programs, noted American educator George Stoddard asked his colleagues, "Are we saving money or are we saving children?"(p. 260).   In the present volume, economist Robert G. Lynch contends that those two goals need not be mutually exclusive. Writing on the crest of a wave of political interest in prekindergarten programs, Lynch also makes suggestions for how states and, indeed, the federal government, might make financially prudent investments in the education and welfare of three- and four-year-olds and their families.  In essence a policy brief, this slim volume offers a thoughtful and clearly-written contribution to current public prekindergarten (preschool) policy discussions and serves as a valuable example of the increasing body of economic literature on this extremely timely topic. The gist of Lynch's claims and a summary of his numbers... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 17, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14613, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 9:01:25 AM

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  • Kristen Nawrotzki
    Roehampton University
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    KRISTEN D. NAWROTZKI is a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Early Childhood Research Centre of the School Education at Roehampton University, London, UK. Her research focuses on the comparative historical analysis of early childhood advocacy, policy and provision in the USA and UK, the development of markets for elite preschooling, and perceptions and performances of childhood and education in historical context. Her most recent publication is (2007) 'Like sending coals to Newcastle': Impressions from and of the Anglo-American Kindergarten Movement(s), Paedagogica Historica 43, no 3 (2007): 223233.
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