ERIC Number: ED326503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-19
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Health Consultation & Resource Needs of Pre-Schools and Child Day Care Centers.
Richardson, Silvana F.
This study describes the state of health education programs and practices in child care centers in Rhode Island. The foci of the study were: (1) planned group health education activities; (2) staff ability to teach health topics; (3) availability of resources regarding health topics; (4) barriers to providing health instruction; (5) parental involvement in health education; (6) perceived need for health education in child care centers; and (7) child health problems encountered in child care centers. The subjects of the study were 224 program directors in 145 day care programs and 79 preschool/nursery school programs. With 51.3 percent of the program directors responding, it was found that many do provide some planned group instruction on health topics for their children. Major barriers to providing health instruction were identified as lack of materials, time, money, and limited staff. No comprehensive health education curriculum for preschool-age children was identified as being implemented by any child care program. Recommendations are made for improvement of the programs. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American School Health Association (Long Beach, CA, October 19, 1990). Funding provided by a Rhode Island College Faculty Research Grant.