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Normalizing Preschool Education: The Illusive Imperative

by Sharon Lynn Kagan - 1995

In this chapter I will examine recent data to chronicle why changes in the social, demographic, and research context of the nation have made preschool education an imperative despite its political illusiveness. I will suggest that until specific tensions are addressed, significant advances in early care and education are likely to remain remote from reality. I will close by making recommendations for normalizing early childhood services, with the knowledge that only in making such services available for all children will the real needs of the nation's poorest children be met.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 94, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 6, 1995, p. 84-101
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18827, Date Accessed: 7/25/2021 5:50:29 AM

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