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Early childhood programs and evaluation

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Issue of The Evaluation Exchange, Volume X, No. 2, Summer 2004
Publication Date: 
1 Jul 2004


This issue of The Evaluation Exchange charts the course of early childhood programming and evaluation over nearly half a century. Contributing authors offer a range of views on how best to communicate the importance of investing in a child's early years and how to improve early childhood programs and policies. Several articles consider the explosion of science&emdash;from longitudinal studies of child outcomes to a large-scale demonstration program&emdash;that has helped forward our understanding of how young children learn and grow. Finally, a number of articles suggest that better information is needed to close the persistent gap in achievement between children from low-income families and those from middle-income homes.