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ERIC Number: ED002660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Pages: 8
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PENNSYLVANIA MIGRANT DAY CARE PROGRAM AND PARTICIPATING AGENCIES.
NAYLOR, NAOMI L.
A DESCRIPTION OF A MIGRANT DAY CARE PROGRAM WAS GIVEN. A TOTAL OF 180 PRESCHOOL AND SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN WERE ENROLLED IN SIX DAY CARE CENTERS. SOME FINANCIAL AID, EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS, AND ADVISORY HELP WERE GIVEN TO TWO OTHER CENTERS ENROLLING 40 MORE CHILDREN. FUNDS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE CENTERS WERE FEDERAL FUNDS, ALLOCATED TO PROVIDE PROTECTIVE CARE FOR CHILDREN BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE. PRIVATE FUNDS RAISED BY SEVERAL COMMUNITY AND CHURCH GROUPS ENABLED THE CENTERS TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL INSTRUCTION AS WELL AS PROTECTIVE CARE. STAFFS INCLUDED DIRECTORS AND TEACHERS EXPERIENCED IN NURSERY OR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, COLLEGE STUDENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND VOLUNTEERS. A SOCIAL WORKER WAS ATTACHED TO EACH CENTER BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE. THE CENTERS WERE OPEN FROM 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. 5 DAYS A WEEK. THE PROGRAM PROVIDED BREAKFAST AND A HOT MIDDAY MEAL, HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL INSTRUCTION, AND TRAINING IN SUCH SIMPLE SKILLS AS SEWING, COOKING, AND USING TOOLS. FIELD TRIPS, MUSIC, ART, AND RECREATION WERE ALSO INCLUDED. BECAUSE OF THEIR LIMITED EXPERIENCES AND ACADEMIC RETARDATION, SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN WERE GIVEN A PRACTICAL, CONCRETE PROGRAM EMPHASIZING THE BASIC SKILLS OF READING, WRITING, AND ARITHMETIC THROUGH METHODS CLOSE TO THEIR ABILITIES AND INTERESTS. THE CHILDREN ATTENDED THE CENTERS UNTIL LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPENED IN SEPTEMBER, THEY WERE THEN ENROLLED IN THE REGULAR SCHOOLS. THE PROGRAM WAS CONSIDERED VERY SUCCESSFUL, AND EXAMPLES WERE CITED OF THE ADJUSTMENT AND PROGRESS MADE BY SOME OF THE CHILDREN. THE DAY CARE CENTER STAFF ALSO GAINED FROM THEIR EXPERIENCES IN WORKING WITH MIGRANT CHILDREN.
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Coll. of Human Development.
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