ISBN 13: 9780674026414
Kids-first politics is smart economics: paying for preschool now can help save us from paying for unemployment, crime, and emergency rooms later. As Kirp reports from the inside, activists and political leaders have turned this potent idea into campaigns and policies in red and blue states alike. The Sandbox Investment is the first full story of a campaign that asks Americans to endorse a vision of society that does well by doing good.
For anyone who is interested in politics or the social uses of research--for anyone who's interested in the children's futures--it's a compelling read.
Kirp Harvard University Press, , pp. Though he does a good job surveying what's been done, he has little patience for critics of that research, clumping them as conservative political ideologues looking to preempt another big-government program.
To be fair, Kirp doesn't believe all is right in the pre-K world--he's especially critical of child care programs masquerading as pre-K programs--but skeptics of universal pre-K reading this aren't likely to change their stripes. The second half of the book, however, will be of interest to anyone involved in education policy, and the pre-K battle in particular.
Kirp has pieced together how foundations Packard and Pew , politicians Jim Hunt and Zell Miller , and states Oklahoma and Georgia, among others decided to take on this issue, how they launched their campaigns, where they succeeded and where they failed. It's an intelligent, fairly balanced look at the inside-world of public policy that will serve as a guide for those in the business, and an eye-opener for those on the outside who think that politics don't matter.
The book won't be out until August, but you can still pack it into your beach reading bag then. One of the most important—and, frankly, unusual—aspects of The Sandbox Investment is its thorough basis in empirical research.
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Kirp describes in detail cutting-edge studies across disciplines that provide strong support for the benefits of early education. He includes research by economists showing that the long-term benefits of early education for emotional and cognitive development far outweigh the costs. The book introduces research by neuroscientists on the benefits of early education for brain development.
It includes psychology research showing that low-income children who receive a high-quality preschool education are less likely to end up in jail and more likely to earn a college degree.
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Kirp explains that preschool education should matter to us all—parents and non-parents alike—because paying for universal preschool now can decrease the costs associated with unemployment, crime and emergency-room visits later on.