As part of a re-examination of our societal values and obligations, this book focuses on illuminating the various meanings and issues of entitlement in relation to the basic needs of children in our society. Drawing on the perspectives of philosophy, law, education, sociology, child development, economics, and public health, the authors discuss the implications of their vision of entitlement for the well-being of America's children. The book also points out specific family and cultural contexts for the provision of entitlements for young children. And, finally, it turns our attention to the moral commitments needed to effect changes in policies and programs. In this way, the book provides valuable information for all who are trying to improve the nurture and education of America's children.
Mary A. Jensen received her Ph. D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is now Director of the School of Education and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. In addition to publications on child advocacy, a substantial portion of her recent work has focused on teacher education. She currently serves as President of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators as well as Editor of the SUNY Press series, Early Childhood Education: Inquiries and Insights. Stacie G. Goffin is Senior Specialist, Early Childhood Care and Education, for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. While working on this book, she was Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to her publications on early childhood advocacy, early childhood education, and teacher education, Dr. Goffin is actively involved in effecting change on behalf of young children and their families in the metropolitan Kansas City community.