Squandering America's Future

Squandering Americas Future by Susan Ochshorn

Diane Ravitch called Susan Ochshorn “a tireless advocate for children,” and her writing “brilliant.”

In Squandering America’s Future – Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children (Teachers College Press), Ochshorn offers a pioneering guide to the big issues in contemporary early childhood policy. Written in a lively, personal style, the book drives home the importance of the earliest years for developing human capital—the nation’s future.

Her “policy tales” highlight the abject failure of the United States to support parents and early educators, the nation’s real wealth producers, and will inspire a new generation of leadership. With her 360-degree view on this urgent issue, Ochshorn boldly and clearly shows how early care and education is an issue of social justice and helping America compete on the world stage.

Praise for Squandering America’s Future
Starred ReviewLibrary Journal
Ochshorn’s writing will outrage the reader. U.S. policymakers need to start taking children’s needs seriously. Recommended for parents, politicians, and anyone who has worked in education.
Elizabeth IsaksonCo-Director, Docs for Tots
Susan Ochshorn’s book is a must-read, skillfully weaving science, theory, and passion. Her voice—on the dynamic and ecological nature of development—comes through loud and clear, setting the direction for policy and practice.
Jose Luis Vilson NYC Math Educator, Author, This is Not A Test
Beyond the talking/selling points of investing in early childhood education, Ochshorn's Squandering America’s Future strives to ask critical questions about our current world while marveling at the potential of all children.
Bonnie MallongaCOO, 1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center
Thank you for being the voice of the voiceless and for continuing to fight for many of us who choose to do quality work with children and families but who are too tired to speak out.
Nancy Carlsson-PaigeFounder, Defending the Early Years
Susan Ochshorn has written an ambitious book, unlike any other in early childhood policy. With a broad canvas, strong moral compass, and pragmatism, she connects the dots between the diverse influences on the lives of children, her passion for their well-being shining through. It’s a must-read for all who care about kids.
Linda Darling-HammondStanford University, Author, The Flat World and Education
In this eye-opening book, Susan Ochshorn reveals the enormous gap between the policies we need to support our youngest children and the aggressive neglect so many currently experience. An urgent call to action that could change the course of the nation’s future.
Riane EislerAuthor, The Chalice and the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations
I was riveted by Squandering America’s Future. Susan Ochshorn offers a sweeping, and hopeful, vision of human capital creation, one that respects children, and values the work of those who nurture their formidable capabilities. Indispensable for policy makers, educators, and all who care about our future.
Deborah MeierSenior Scholar, NYU Steinhardt School; Author, The Power of their Ideas
This remarkable book manages to pinpoint the critical issues in the care and education of young children with up-to-date research, and all of this in a pleasurable and lively style. This needs to be read widely, and right away.
Samuel J. MeiselsFounding Executive Director, Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Susan Ochshorn paints a picture of children and families in America exposed to risks and circumstances that threaten their lives, happiness, and future. Fortunately, she doesn’t leave us in despair, but shows us how a few dedicated people, schools, agencies, and institutions have made a difference in childrens' lives—a difference that is enhancing early development in this generation and those to come.
Anne-Marie SlaughterPresident and CEO, New America
Susan Ochshorn has created a kaleidoscope of stories and statistics to illustrate the profound injustices we are visiting on our children and the corresponding injuries we are inflicting on ourselves. We can only hope that Squandering America’s Future will help to turn the tide.
Janet GornickDirector, Luxembourg Income Study Center, CUNY; Co-author, Families that Work
In Squandering America’s Future, Susan Ochshorn introduces her readers to a vast community of innovative and indefatigable individuals, all converging around an urgent cry for more effective and more egalitarian investments in our young children. This unconventional book is sharp-eyed, warm, and lively a delightful read on a dead-serious topic.

About the Author

Susan Ochshorn, author of Squandering America's FutureSusan Ochshorn is the founder of the consulting firm ECE PolicyWorks. A former journalist, Ochshorn blogs at the Huffington Post and ECE Policy Matters, the go-to place for early childhood teachers, those who train them, and the decision makers who determine their professional course.

SPEAKING: Please send invitations to info@ecepolicyworks.com.

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