READING LIST FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKING GROUP 

Overview of the context, problem, and opportunity

For background only, see Putnam, R.D. (2015). Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (NY: Simon and Schuster), especially pp. 31-45 for an overview of inequality in America today and pp. 226-261 for initial thoughts about what is to be done.

Rouse, C.E., Brooks-Gunn, J., McLanahan, S. (2005). “Introducing the Issue.” The Future of Children, 15(1): 5-14  (Future of Children issue on school readiness.) LINK

Waldfogel, J. and Washbrook, E. (2011). “Research Article: Early Years Policy.”  Child Development Research 2011: 1-12. LINK

Inequality in early childhood health and development

Shonkoff, J.P. (2012). “Leveraging the Biology of Adversity to Address the Roots of Disparities in Health and Development.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science  October 16, 2012, vol. 109, supplement 2: 17302-17307. LINK

Shonkoff, J.P. (2011). “Protecting Brains, Not Simply Stimulating Minds.” Science 333: 982-983. LINK 

Programs to reduce inequality in early childhood health and development

Parenting Programs

Howard, K. and Reeves, R. (2013). “The Parenting Gap.” Brookings Institution, Center on Families and Children. LINK 

Moodie, S. and Ramos, M. (2014). “Culture Counts: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children in Family Support Programs.” Child Trends research report. LINK 

Raby, K.L., Roisman, G.I., Fraley, R.C., and Simpson J.A. (2014).  “The Enduring Predictive Significance of Early Maternal Sensitivity: Social and Academic Competence through Age 32 Years.” Child Development December 17, 2014 e-publication version.

Early Childhood Education and Care

Educare Learning Network. (n.d.). “What is Educare?” Educare Learning Network. LINK

Educare Learning Network. (2012). “Educare Program Core Features.” Educare Learning Network. LINK

UNC FPG Child Development Institute. (2012). “Educare Implementation Study Findings.” UNC FPG Child Development Institute. LINK

Whitebook, M., Phillips, D. and Howes, C. (2014). “Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study.” Executive Summary. Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. LINK

  • More background information workforce issues available in:
    Whitebrook, M. (2014). “Building a Skilled Teacher Workforce.” Gates Foundation paper. LINK
    Whitebook, M., Phillips, D. and Howes., C. (2014). “Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study.” Final Report Summary. Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. LINK

Yoshikawa, H., Weiland, C., Brooks-Gunn, J., Burchinal, M., Espinosa, L., Gormley, W., Ludwig, J.O., Magnuson, K.A., Phillips, D.A., & Zaslow, M.J. (2013). “Investing in our future: The evidence base for early childhood education.” Policy brief, Society for Research in Child Development. LINK 

Family Support Programs

Gunderson. C. and Ziliak, J. (2014). “Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options.” Future of Children  Research Report,Fall 2014. LINK 

Haskins, R. (2015). “Work Welfare and Family Support Benefits.”

Ruhm, C. (2011). “Policies to Assist Parents with Young Children,” The Future of Children 21(2):37-68. LINK 

Waldfogel, J. (2013). “The Safety Net for Families with Children.”  In Bailey. M. and Danziger. S. (eds.) Legacies of the War on Poverty. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Political context and possibilities/challenges for early childhood policies

Gormley, W.T. (2012). Voices for Children, Chapters 6 and 7. DC: Brookings Institution Press.