Inequality in children’s school readiness and public funding

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Christopher J Ruhm, Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: “By the year 2000, all children should enter school ready to learn. . . All children will have access to high-quality and developmentally appropriate pre-school programs that help prepare children for school.” National Education Goals Panel, Goal 1 (February 1990).1 In the decade after the Bush Administration and all 50 state governors made this explicit commitment, funding for early childhood programs expanded dramatically. Federal funding for Head Start, the single largest early education program, increased by over 250 percent; in 2000, it totaled nearly $5.3 billion. State and federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income families rose from $1.7 billion to $9.5 billion. Over $7 billion of this amount was provided by the federal government, more than half of it going toward center-based child care.

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Focus, Vol. 24:1, Fall 2005
Language: English
Date: 2005
Education, Income, Poor people, Children, Preschool, School readiness

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