Foreword by: Beth Graue
Publication Date: December 27, 2019
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
This is a comprehensive, detailed account of the complex state of Universal Preschool (UPK) in the United States. As discussions regarding access, equity, and the societal value of early childhood education enter into the public forum, this book offers critical perspectives for next steps. The authors join the synergy of wonder to the practicality of wisdom to navigate complicated systems of power, relationships, and discourse. Cross-sector efforts to address planning and implementation of UPK are examined while acknowledging the current inequitable nature of the field. The book is a cautionary tale that includes historical and current vignettes showing that some issues in UPK collaboratives are constant across time. To bring the discussion alive, a variety of stakeholder perspectives offer insights into the “why” behind policy decisions. Reshaping Universal Preschool will help stakeholders explore, reflect, and apply lessons learned to existing or potential UPK collaborative efforts.
Lucinda G. Heimer is associate professor and program coordinator for the dual licensure program in early childhood education at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Ann Elizabeth Ramminger is founder of Early Childhood Solutions Consulting based out of Central Massachusetts. With contributions by Katherine Delaney, Sarah Galanter-Guziewski, Lacey Peters, and Kristin Whyte.