The Kindergarten Lessons We Never Learned

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Whitebook, M., Alvarenga, C., & Zheutlin, B. (2022). The Kindergarten Lessons We Never Learned. Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley.


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Many thanks to our editor Deborah Meacham, our document designers Claudia Alvarenga and Martyn Woolley, and our web creator Benjamin Kuehn.

This paper was produced through a generous grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation. Special thanks to our colleagues Rachel E. Williams, Lea J. E. Austin, Elena Montoya, Tobi Adejumo, Penelope Whitney, Silvia Muñoz, Wanzi Muruvi, Peggy Haack, Rosemarie Vardell, Justine Modica,  and Ashley Williams, for their contributions and feedback.


ECHOES, Early Childhood History Organizing Ethos, and Strategy, is a project of CSCCE that explores the history of inequities within Early Childhood Education and the roots of teacher activism for a more just system.


The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) was founded in 1999 to focus on achieving comprehensive public investments that enable and reward the early childhood workforce to deliver high-quality care and education for all children. To achieve this goal, CSCCE conducts cutting-edge research and proposes policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development.