ERIC Number: ED329336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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The Superintendent's Task force on Early Childhood Education: Report to the Arizona Board of Education.
Bishop, C. Diane
To provide a rationale and policy agenda for early childhood programs in Arizona and to illuminate issues and concerns that surround decisions regarding preschool programs, this report reviews the background of the current preschool movement, describes the efforts of other states to establish preschool education, and discusses and makes recommendations on options and policy issues. Section I provides background information on the states' increasing interest in early childhood education since 1980. Section II discusses state funding patterns for preschool education. Section III discusses six basic policy questions: (1) Which children should be served? (2) How should preschool programs be administered? (3) What funding mechanisms should be used for Arizona's preschool programs? (4) What should programs cost per child? (5) What are the essential elements of a quality program? and (6) What forms of teacher preparation and certification should be required? Section IV explores related considerations, including the primary grade curriculum, parent participation, assessment practices, and staff certification, development, and training. Table 1 provides a summary of state initiatives in early childhood education. Task force members and sub-committee participants are listed. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.