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Toward policies that promote access and equity in early education: A conversation with Shantel Meek

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In an interview with Phi Delta Kappan editor-in-chief, Shantel E. Meek, Ph.D., Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, discusses accessibility challenges in early childhood education in the United States. Meek describes how programs such as Head Start and public pre-kindergarten have successfully addressed some disparities and closed some gaps. However, she explains that programs and policies need to adapt to include dual-language learners and children with disabilities. In addition, she discusses some examples of innovative programs in California, Florida, and Arizona; and provides her outlook on building a universal public early care and education system.

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