View lectures, photos, an overview and read a special publication about our celebration.
Accountability Versus Local Control: Making Early Childcare Work
A 4-year kindergarten (4K) program in Wisconsin catalyzed statewide opposition that district leaders did not anticipate.
Designed a decade ago, the 4K program caused private childcare providers to lose an important portion of their business: 4-year-olds. That loss made it harder for providers to cover the costs of more expensive infant and toddler care.
UW–Madison education professor Beth Graue and colleagues describe a more democratic, community-based approach that solved the problem could serve as a model for the rapidly growing public preK movement.
The early education and care sector is typically private, and varies highly from community to community. The K–12 system is largely public, and increasingly standardized at state and national levels. These two systems have quite different philosophies of practice, financing, teacher requirements, and regulations. Read more
A Rare Opportunity
At many large universities, graduate programs in education and the social sciences are located in different areas of campus. This results in few natural opportunities for graduate students in different schools or departments to network, brainstorm, and support each other’s research interests.
WCER’s Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) in the Education Sciences provides a rare opportunity for graduate students from several disciplines to create a research community. A select group of students from sociology, economics, psychology, political science, and social welfare learn to design, carry out, and analyze specialized research in education issues.
Perhaps most importantly, they learn to produce evidence about what education programs and policies can benefit students. Read more