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The Resource A "noble bet" in early care and education : lessons from one community's experience, Brian P. Gill, Jacob W. Dembosky, Jonathan P. Caulkins

A "noble bet" in early care and education : lessons from one community's experience, Brian P. Gill, Jacob W. Dembosky, Jonathan P. Caulkins

Label
A "noble bet" in early care and education : lessons from one community's experience
Title
A "noble bet" in early care and education
Title remainder
lessons from one community's experience
Statement of responsibility
Brian P. Gill, Jacob W. Dembosky, Jonathan P. Caulkins
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) was an ambitious effort launched in Pittsburgh in 1996 to provide high-quality early care and education services to at-risk children, on a countywide scale and under the direction of local neighborhood agencies. Its goal was to improve the preparation of these children for kindergarten, promote their long-term educational attainment, and give them the early tools to help them become productive, successful members of society. Initially funded by foundations and private donors, ECI planned to become financially sustainable over the long term by persuading the state of Pennsylvania to commit to funding the program at the end of a startup period. Four years after its launch, ECI was far short of its enrollment targets, the cost per child was significantly higher than expected, and the effort to secure a commitment of state funding had failed. ECI was therefore converted to a small-scale demonstration program, leaving a residue of disappointment in many communities around the county. Although findings from a parallel study suggest that participating children may have derived substantial benefits from ECI, it failed to achieve its goals in terms of scale and sustainability. In the aftermath of ECI's scale-down, RAND was commissioned by the Heinz Endowments (ECI's largest funder) to study why ECI fell short of its objectives and to learn from its mistakes. The findings of the study are presented in this report, which summarizes ECI's organizational history, analyzes and explains critical weaknesses that hindered ECI's ability to succeed, and articulates lessons to inform the design and implementation of future large-scale reform initiatives, whether in early care and education or in other areas of social services
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gill, Brian P.
Dewey number
362.7/09748/85
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ778.67.A5
LC item number
G55 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dembosky, Jacob W
  • Caulkins, Jonathan P.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Child care services
  • Education, Preschool
  • Children with social disabilities
  • Éducation préscolaire
  • Enfant
  • Enfant socialement défavorisé
  • Garderie
  • États-Unis
  • Pennsylvanie (État)
Label
A "noble bet" in early care and education : lessons from one community's experience, Brian P. Gill, Jacob W. Dembosky, Jonathan P. Caulkins
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"MR-1544."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-146)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter One: INTRODUCTION -- The Goals of the Early Childhood Initiative -- The Aims and Methods of This Study -- The Importance of Quality in Early Care and Education The "Noble Bet" -- The Bottom Line -- Chapter Two: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE -- Genesis -- The Planning Period -- The ECI Business Plan -- Launch -- Planning in the Neighborhoods -- Quality Assurance --Transitions in ECI Management -- Early Problems -- The Revised (1998) Business Plan -- Further Reassessment and Revision -- Scale-Down -- Conclusion -- Chapter Three: ECI'S THEORY OF ACTION -- The Administrative Burden -- The Time Needed for Community-Based Process -- Community Control vs. Quality Control -- The Administrative Structure -- Conclusion -- Chapter Four: ECI SERVICES: DEMAND, SUPPLY, AND INCENTIVES -- Who Would ECI Serve? -- What Services Would Be Requested by Parents and Lead -- Who Would Provide ECI Services? -- Conclusion -- Chapter Five: EXPLAINING ECI'S COSTS -- Expected and Actual Costs by Component -- Cost per Child-Hour -- Adjusting for Service Mix -- Adjusting for Fixed Costs -- Summary of Cost Factors -- Conclusion -- Chapter Six: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE STRATEGY TO SECURE STATE FUNDING -- Challenges for the State Strategy -- Problems with ECI's State Strategy -- Sustainability in the Absence of a Direct State -- Conclusion -- Chapter Seven: LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE, ALTERNATIVE MODELS, AND PUBLIC-POLICY IMPLICATIONS -- Lessons for Future Large-Scale Private-Public Initiatives -- Alternative Models for the Design of ECE Initiatives -- Implications for Public Policy
Control code
49558843
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxxvi, 146 pages
Isbn
9780833031624
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2002021366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)49558843
Label
A "noble bet" in early care and education : lessons from one community's experience, Brian P. Gill, Jacob W. Dembosky, Jonathan P. Caulkins
Publication
Note
"MR-1544."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-146)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter One: INTRODUCTION -- The Goals of the Early Childhood Initiative -- The Aims and Methods of This Study -- The Importance of Quality in Early Care and Education The "Noble Bet" -- The Bottom Line -- Chapter Two: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE -- Genesis -- The Planning Period -- The ECI Business Plan -- Launch -- Planning in the Neighborhoods -- Quality Assurance --Transitions in ECI Management -- Early Problems -- The Revised (1998) Business Plan -- Further Reassessment and Revision -- Scale-Down -- Conclusion -- Chapter Three: ECI'S THEORY OF ACTION -- The Administrative Burden -- The Time Needed for Community-Based Process -- Community Control vs. Quality Control -- The Administrative Structure -- Conclusion -- Chapter Four: ECI SERVICES: DEMAND, SUPPLY, AND INCENTIVES -- Who Would ECI Serve? -- What Services Would Be Requested by Parents and Lead -- Who Would Provide ECI Services? -- Conclusion -- Chapter Five: EXPLAINING ECI'S COSTS -- Expected and Actual Costs by Component -- Cost per Child-Hour -- Adjusting for Service Mix -- Adjusting for Fixed Costs -- Summary of Cost Factors -- Conclusion -- Chapter Six: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE STRATEGY TO SECURE STATE FUNDING -- Challenges for the State Strategy -- Problems with ECI's State Strategy -- Sustainability in the Absence of a Direct State -- Conclusion -- Chapter Seven: LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE, ALTERNATIVE MODELS, AND PUBLIC-POLICY IMPLICATIONS -- Lessons for Future Large-Scale Private-Public Initiatives -- Alternative Models for the Design of ECE Initiatives -- Implications for Public Policy
Control code
49558843
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxxvi, 146 pages
Isbn
9780833031624
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2002021366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)49558843

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