"This is what democracy looks like!": Strengthening advocacy in neoliberal times

Elizabeth Swadener

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Drawing from an array of theoretical and experiential sources ranging from policy studies to ethnographies, this essay frames a number of public policy issues related to children, families, and early childhood education. These issues provide a brief genealogy of multiple contexts in which early childhood teacher education operates in the United States. Issues addressed include: welfare reform, "No Child Left Behind" legislation, the criminalization of children, language policies, and recently proposed changes in Head Start. The author draws from her teaching, research, and community organizing experiences to recommend ways to strengthen public policy awareness and advocacy engagement in the field of early childhood teacher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Early Childhood Teacher Education
Issue number2 SPEC.ISS.
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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