Beginning School: U.S. Policies in International Perspective

Clifford, R. M., & Crawford, G. M.

The United States is at a pivotal crossroads in determining the educational experiences of children ages 3 through 8. To help educators set goals and design effective policies, early childhood experts Clifford and Crawford provide a concise history of early education and care in the United States and invite readers to consider early schooling in a global perspective. Distinguished scholars from five countries that value early education as an integral part of life-long education –  France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and Sweden –  examine the evolution of early childhood practices in their countries.

Citation: Clifford, R. M., & Crawford, G. M. (Eds.). (2009). Beginning school: U.S. policies in international perspective. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.