The primary focus of this reference work is a collection of major public and private sector policy issues confronting the adequacy of the nation's labor force, as they pertain to early education and training and the health care of American youth. These issues concern not only national, state, and local governments and their school districts and public health agencies but private employers, large and small, and the multitude of private and nonprofit organizations that provide and otherwise participate in the delivery of health, training, and other educational services. Finally, they concern every family and parent with growing children, in the arrangements for their children's education and appropriate health care, including the examples they set for those children in their own behaviors. Policy options -- not prescriptions or recommendations -- are presented, along with contrasting views on each side (or several sides) of the respective issues.
The materials used in the preparation of this book comprise the following categories: (1) aggregated national data in the labor market, education/training and public health fields from the national government, interstate instrumentalities of the state governments, and other public and nonpublic agencies and organizations; (2) substantively oriented (labor market, health, education) issue analyses based on individual and institutional research; (3) conceptual underpinnings for particular policy approaches and evaluative studies of outcomes of specific policy initiatives. A summary of some major sources in these three categories follows, together with a listing of a number of periodic publications of organizations and agencies involved in the policy areas dealt with in this book.
For aggregated national data, major sources used have been the following: