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ERIC Number: ED002151
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 36
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THE HARLEM ACTION GROUP PRESCHOOL AND DAY CARE PROGRAM.
A DESCRIPTION IS GIVEN OF A NEW APPROACH TO EDUCATION IN THE GHETTO, WHICH INVOLVES CHILDREN FROM THE LOWEST SOCIOECONOMIC GROUP OF SOCIETY, AND WHICH DEALS WITH CHILDREN AT THEIR MOST CRITICAL AGES. CAREFULLY SELECTED METHODS FOR EACH AGE GROUP ARE EMPLOYED. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO FIT THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF PRESCHOOLERS, CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 7 AND 9, AND HIGH SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS. THE GOAL OF THE PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM IS TO GIVE CHILDREN AN OPPORTUNITY TO FEEL THEMSELVES SUCCESSFUL AND LEARNING MEMBERS OF A CLASSROOM GROUP. THEY ARE TAUGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A GROUP, TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, TO NOTICE DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES, AND TO BECOME AWARE OF THE WORLD ABOUT THEM. SMALL CLASSES ASSURE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION AND INSTRUCTION FOR EACH CHILD. THREE MAJOR FUNCTIONS ARE SERVED BY THE PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 3 AND 6--THE MOTHER IS RELIEVED OF SUPERVISION, ENABLING HER TO SECURE EMPLOYMENT OR TO OBTAIN JOB OR LITERACY TRAINING, THE DEPRIVED CHILD IS INTRODUCED TO ELEMENTARY LITERACY AND CONCEPTUAL SKILLS, AND THE CHILD EXPERIENCES POSITIVE EMOTIONAL GROWTH FROM A SECURE AND RECEPTIVE ENVIRONMENT. THE 7 AND 9 AGE GROUP MEETS IN THE AFTERNOON. THESE CHILDREN ARE EXPOSED TO SPECIFIC CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, THEIR SELF-CONFIDENCE IS DEVELOPED, AND THEIR SKILLS IN LITERACY AND SPEECH ARE EXPANDED. THE TEENAGE GROUP FUNCTIONS IN THE ROLE OF ASSISTANT TEACHERS IN THE PRESCHOOL AND DAY CARE PROGRAMS, RESULTING IN GROWTH IN THEIR OWN EDUCATIONAL INTEREST. THREE PRESCHOOL CASE STUDIES ARE PRESENTED. A SHORT SKETCH OF EACH STAFF MEMBER GIVES HIS EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT, PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS, AND EFFECTIVENESS IN THE PROGRAM.
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Identifiers: HARLEM ACTION GROUP; NEW YORK; New York (Harlem); New York (New York)