Young Children Face the State

Issues and Options for Early Childhood Programs
W. Norton Grubb
University of California, Berkeley

The growing demand for compensatory education and for child care has generated a rash of federal legislation; many states have enacted new early childhood programs, most of them located within schooling systems, and many others are considering their options. This article examines the basic policy issues governments confront in early childhood education, including the content of programs, their financing, and the inevitable trade-off between cost and quality. The final section of the article outlines the available policy options.

This article was originally published in the American Journal of Education by the University of Chicago Press.

Suggested citationGrubb, W. N. (1989, August). Young children face the state: Issues and options for early childhood programs [Article]. Policy Analysis for California Education.