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ERIC Number: ED181094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Bilingual Day Care Programming for Asian Children.
Otto, Dale
Although children make up one third of the United States population, they receive only a small fraction of public resources. Our society's disregard for children is also manifested through television and through the court and educational systems. Asian and Pacific American children suffer disproportionately from the poverty and inadequate care that afflict millions of American children. Though few figures are available, some limited information about Asian Americans in Los Angeles helps to illustrate the critical situation in regard to child care. At least 1,000 children in Los Angeles's "Chinatown" are estimated to need care. However, the two programs available together serve only 200. One, Castelar Children's Center, is a large facility which emphasizes English and pre-public school preparation. The other, a small unlicensed facility which serves 20 children, is run primarily in Cantonese and emphasizes a blend of Cantonese culture and pre-public school skills. Castelar has little parent participation, while in the smaller center, parent involvement and community support are relatively high. Contrasts between the programs highlight certain criteria for adequate institutional day care: parent and community involvement, preparation of children for public schools, and bilingual teachers who are able to fulfill basic emotional and psychological needs of children. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (Los Angeles); Pacific Americans
Note: Paper presented at the National Association for Asian American and Pacific Education Conference (San Francisco, CA, April 25-27, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to reproducibility factors