About the book

“No complete understanding of the major development of how our nation has firmly embraced the value of preschool education is possible without a close reading of this impressively researched historical overview. It is the most complete history of the preschool education movement written to date. Plus, the author even-handedly discusses the remaining issues that must be resolved before the full potential of preschool can be realized.”–Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Yale University, and founder of Head Start

“It is rare to find in one volume acute historical analysis and good sense about current questions of public policy. The Promise of Preschool offers both, told in the form of a lively narrative. It’s a book that should be read not only by scholars and advocates, but also by all who care about children and the futures they will create for all of us.”–Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Levy Institute Research Professor, Bard College

“Beautifully and accessibly written, The Promise of Preschool is a spectacular piece of scholarship. A highly original analysis, the book is a goldmine for anyone who wants to understand one of the most important issues in America today. Rose carefully examines the strengths and weaknesses of each side of the debate and provides a much needed voice of mediation in the battle over how to move forward in the rapidly growing world of preschool education. Anyone interested in the future of education should read this book. Our children and our country can’t wait.”–Barbara Beatty, Professor of Education, Wellesley College, and author of Preschool Education in America

“The Promise of Preschool deftly employs stories about people, places, and reform movements to account for America’s patchwork approach to preschool, and does so with an eye to broader theoretical questions about how history constrains and enables social change.”–Jeff Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education, Columbia University, and author of Spin Cycle


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The Promise of Preschool: From Head Start to Universal Pre-kindergarten (Oxford University Press, 2010) is now available from Oxford University Press. See links on right for ordering information.

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