Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers

July 10, 2000

We know a lot about the importance of children's early development and about the promise of high-quality preschool programs, but our growing knowledge "stands in stark contract to practice in many—perhaps most—early childhood settings," according to an upcoming text from the Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy of the National Research Council. The executive summary includes recommendations for improving professional development, teaching materials, public policies and public knowledge about the promise of the early years.