Access And Quality In Early Childhood Education: Options For Pima County, Arizona
AuthorJepson, Regan Elizabeth
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractHigh quality early childhood education (ECE) is fundamental to eliminating health disparities improving life expectancy. To inform the efforts of leaders building their own initiatives to launch programs improving access to high quality education to preschool aged children, a review of the existing literature revealed that little is known about what happens to the child care market when new funding is made available. This research project evaluates different case studies of cities and counties which have assembled their own funding and programs to meet the need for preschool education in their region. Case studies include Denver County, Colorado; San Antonio, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Shelby County, Tennessee. The research was pulled from annual reports and evaluations, website reports, agreements, contracts, budget documents, and news articles. From these case studies, and from existing research and similar reports on learning lessons of other programs, broad conclusions and recommendations can be made to inform the efforts of ECE leaders in Pima County around the ramp up time of program’s to build capacity and quality, challenges to building capacity and quality, and challenges experienced by programs.