An Equal Start?: Providing Quality Early Education and Care by Ludovica Gambaro, Kitty Stewart, Jane Waldfogel

By Ludovica Gambaro, Kitty Stewart, Jane Waldfogel

Early adolescence schooling and care has develop into a significant coverage problem in lots of nations, and as providers extend it is necessary to ascertain no matter if childrens from deprived backgrounds obtain equitable prone. In An equivalent Start? specialists from 8 countries—the usa, the uk, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia—examine how early schooling and care is equipped, funded, and controlled of their respective international locations. they offer updated images of the entry to prone, offering wealthy insights into how rules play out in perform and the results at the provision of companies to deprived teenagers. jointly they exhibit a couple of universal tensions and complexities that many nations face in making sure that early schooling and care is cheap, available, and of the top attainable quality.

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As Pamela Oberhuemer documents, Germany is experiencing a rapid expansion of provision in the ECEC sector, motivated by concerns related to gender equity and female labour force participation, educational achievement of children and social inclusion of groups at risk, in particular children from families with a migration background. The change has been particularly dramatic in the Western part of the country, where levels of provision were traditionally very low. Since 1996, all children from the age of three have been entitled to a nursery or family day-care place, and that entitlement is now to be extended downwards to reach children aged one and two.

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