The Shifting Politics of Early Childhood Education

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

ndrew Karch, Department of Political Science, UMN

Andrew Karch is Arleen C. Carlson Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the political determinants of contemporary public policy choices in the United States, with a special emphasis on federalism and state politics. 
This presentation will be based on his most recent book, Early Start: Preschool Politics in the United States, which was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013 and was named a Choice outstanding academic title for that year. He will look at the historical trajectory of American early childhood education policy, explaining how its current decentralization and fragmentation is the consequence of a chain of reactions to political decisions that date to the early 1970s. It will also discuss what this historical trajectory implies for contemporary efforts to effect policy change.