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A Vision for Universal Preschool Education


reviewed by Patricia Cantor April 25, 2008

coverTitle: A Vision for Universal Preschool Education
Author(s): Edward Zigler, Walter S. Gilliam, Stephanie M. Jones
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, New York
ISBN: 0521612993, Pages: 278, Year: 2006
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The movement to establish public preschool for three- and four-year-olds has mushroomed in the United States in the last decade. According to The State of Preschool 2007, a yearbook published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), 38 states provide some kind of subsidized preschool education. A handful of these states offer publicly funded preschool for all children, while the rest offer preschool programs for targeted groups. NIEER estimates that over one million three- and four-year-old children attended state-funded preschool programs last year (www.nieer.org/yearbook).   Public support for high-quality early education is strong. In 2001, nearly 90 percent of respondents to a national poll declared themselves to be in favor of state-funded universal preschool (Zigler, Gilliam, & Jones, p. 4).  A major foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, has committed about $75 million to the goal of “expand[ing] access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs for all three- and four-year-olds in America”... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 25, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15237, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 9:56:43 AM

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  • Patricia Cantor
    Plymouth State University
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    PATRICIA CANTOR is Chair of the Education Department and Professor of Early Childhood Education at Plymouth State University, in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She is co-author with Mary Cornish of " 'Thinking about thinking...it's not just for philosophers': Using metacognitive journals to teach and learn about constructivism," which will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. Dr. Cantor is a member of the New Hampshire State Child Care Advisory Council.
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