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Excellence in Early Childhood Education: Defining Characteristics and Next-Decade Strategies


by Sharon Lynn Kagan 1991

In this chapter I suggest that American early childhood education (like education in general) is at the brink of a major shift in how it conceptualizes and defines its mission. Linking care and education, such redefinition affords promising options and opportunities. Following an analysis that delineates this change, I offer a new definition of excellence in early care and education and suggest strategies for achieving it.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 90, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 5, 1991, p. 237-258
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19304, Date Accessed: 2/25/2017 10:19:21 PM

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  • Sharon Kagan
    Yale University
    SHARON L. KAGAN is a Senior Associate at The Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy Yale University.
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