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Standardizing childhood: How should the state organize child care and early learning?

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Berkeley education and public policy professor Bruce Fuller will discuss his new book Standardized Childhood as part of U of T's School of Public Policy and Governance speaker series.


Canadiana Building
14 Queen's Park Crescent West


Bruce Fuller, professor of education and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, focuses on how the state advances policy within increasingly pluralistic societies. His new book, Standardized Childhood (Stanford), explores this question via the case of universal preschool, a rising movement in the U.S. that has gained many proponents, from Hillary Clinton to Hollywood activist Rob Reiner. Fuller's earlier books include, Inside Charter Schools (Harvard) and Government Confronts Culture (Taylor & Francis).

Over 25 years — inside policy organizations and the university — Fuller has explored how public initiatives attempt to advance children's learning and development. Much of his work examines the origins and practical features of educational and family policies. Fuller's empirical work also focuses on local organizations in terms of how schools, child care organizations, and families respond to recurring waves of policy reform aimed at changing the behavior of residents found inside. One major effort, the "Growing Up in Poverty" project, is a seven-year project to learn how the devolution of welfare is shaping young children's lives, especially via preschool and child care organizations where these youngsters are increasingly being raised.

Please note that seating is limited to 50 participants.

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