Taming Reform: "Reinventing Government" Yields to "Business as Usual" for Young Children
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Title: Taming Reform
Sub-title: "Reinventing Government" Yields to "Business as Usual" for Young Children
Editor(s): Jean A. Patterson and Amee Adkins
Publish Date: February 2012
|Smart Start, North Carolina's early childhood initiative, was enacted in 1992 by the North Carolina General Assembly to great fanfare and accolades as well as political turmoil. The chapters in this book trace the history of Smart Start and report on qualitative studies conducted between 1993 and 2001. Collectively, the chapters tell the story of innovative early efforts to redesign the early childhood system by "reinventing government" through public-private partnerships, and how, over time, Smart Start was "tamed" into submission to become little more than just another bureaucratic government program, to "business as usual."|
Contents: Series Preface. Introduction: Taming Reform, Jean A. Patterson and Amee Adkins. A Bold Initiative Takes Shape, Peter Leousis. Claiming Taming: Local Efforts Unfold, Amee Adkins. Reinventing Government? Or Business as Usual?, Catherine Awsumb Nelson. Unfulfilled Promise: The Taming of Community Involvement, Mary Cornish. Taming Public-Private Partnership, Jean A Patterson. Taming the Families and Smart Start Evaluation, Jenny Gordon. Ready or Not: Context and Performance in the Fluid Construction of Kindergarten Readiness, Beth Hatt and Sydney Brown. The Fate of Bold, George Noblit. References. Contributors. Author Index. Subject Index.