ERIC Number: ED165914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Early Childhood and Family Development Programs Improve the Quality of Life for Low-Income Families. Report to the Congress of the United States by the Comptroller General.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report to Congress has been acknowledged by Department of Health, Education and Welfare officials as an accurate and comprehensive view of child development issues in the United States, circa 1979. Chapter 1 lists multi- purposes of the review, recapitulates Congressional interest in early childhood and family development programs, defines basic terms, overviews recent federal involvement in early childhood programs, recounts recent major reports on national policy on children and families and establishes the scope of the review. Chapter 2 stresses the importance of environment on development, surveys recent views on early childhood development and emphasizes the importance of the family. Chapter 3 surveys serious problems existing in the United States which adversely affect the development of children, including single-parent families, lack of prenatal care, poor environments, poor nutrition, lack of immunization, and child abuse. Implications of these conditions for school performance are discussed. Chapter 4 explores research findings which indicate that early childhood programs are effective and that parents are receptive to such programs. Chapter 5 delineates the scope of present programs and indicates the unmet need for child and family development programs. Chapter 6 describes HEW-sponsored demonstration programs. Chapter 7 indicates potential benefits and costs of programs and suggests considerations for program implementation. Selected program data are appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Child Care, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Environment, Family Programs, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Low Income Groups, Poverty, State of the Art Reviews
U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, Room 1518, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20548 (Single copies free)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.