Providing a Sure Start: How Government Discovered Early Childhood

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This book tells the story of Sure Start, one of the flagship programmes of the last government. It tells how Sure Start was set up, the numerous changes it went through, and how it has changed the landscape of services for all young children in England. Offering insight into the key debates on services for young children, as well as how decisions are made in a highly political context, it will be of keen interest to policy academics, senior managers of public services and all those with a keen interest in developing services for young children.

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Naomi Eisenstadt is a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford. She is a retired civil servant who ran the Sure Start Unit for its first seven years.

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This candid and topical discussion from a Sure Start insider provides clear lessons for policymakers and the wider children's policy agenda. Polly Toynbee, Guardian

A rare achievement, this book gives both a personal story and an excellent description of the policy making process. Eisenstadt eloquently describes the tensions and pressures, as well as the achievements, in providing new services for young children and families. Kathy Sylva, Professor of Educational Psychology University of Oxford

“In Providing a Sure Start, Naomi Eisenstadt, who directed the [titular] program for its first seven years, tells the story of this ambitious program. Eisenstadt is as interested in the politics of the program as she is in its substance, and so we learn a great deal about why government ministers came to care about early childhood and why they became such loyal supporters of Sure Start.” (Jane Waldfogel Journal of Policy Analysis and Management)

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