Discuss the major theoretical differences between child-centered and teacher-directed early childhood education programs. What theories underlie child-centered programs? What theories underlie teacher-directed programs? What does each type of program emphasize in its work with young children? Now imagine you have been hired as an educational consultant to the president of the United States. What policy would you recommend to the federal government concerning preschool education? What children should be targeted How much government involvement should there be? Who will bear the cost of these programs?