ERIC Number: ED051898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Study in Child Care (Case Study from Volume II-B): "A Sense of Belonging." Day Care Programs Reprint Series.
The Berkeley Children's Centers system of seven day care centers, 3 preschool and 4 school-age, for children of working parents of low income homes (below $6,000/year) is sponsored by the Berkeley Unified School District. The 285 Black, Anglo and Chicano children enrolled are under the supervision of 83 staff members. The centers' association with the public school district allows them to share in the higher salaries and employee benefits, specialized staff, information resources, personnel services, stability and community support of the larger system. The system combines centralized organization for resources while maintaining local autonomy for each center. The basic program tries to respond to the individual needs of child, staff member and parent. Children are grouped by developmental stage rather than age, and have free choice between self-help materials and planned activities. Some centers utilize a Nimnicht Responsive Environment model. A part-time nurse for the children and social services for parents are available. Although home visits are made when problems arise, parental involvement is minimal. In this report, information is provided on policymaking, staff organization and training, use of schedule, teacher evaluation forms and child development assessment forms. (AJ)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Berkeley Childrens Centers CA; Responsive Environment Model