ERIC Number: ED335121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Future Trends in Early Childhood Programs.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Early Childhood Programs.; Massachusetts State Board of Education, Boston. Early Childhood Advisory Council.
In compliance with the Massachusetts Public School Improvement Act of 1985, this report provides information in the following areas: research findings; national and state demographics regarding children and families; services for children and families in Massachusetts; high quality early childhood programs; and the emerging role of public schools in early childhood education. A growing number of states are involved in early childhood education, with many programs originating in legislation. Research has demonstrated the long-term benefits of high quality early childhood programs. There are strong economic pressures on mothers to enter the work force. The number of Massachusetts children living in poverty, particularly those from minority families, is increasing. Massachusetts has an increasing need for early childhood programs and day care services for young children at all income levels. Public schools are being asked to provide a broader range of services to more diverse groups of children and families than in previous years. To provide the services needed, coordinated planning among public and private programs is essential. Characteristics of high quality programs include strong family involvement, well-trained staff, small class size, developmentally appropriate curriculum, and sensitivity to individual differences and needs. Questions for community-wide early childhood needs assessment and a 1986 early childhood status report on the state's school districts are appended. References number 130. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Early Childhood Programs.; Massachusetts State Board of Education, Boston. Early Childhood Advisory Council.
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Questions
Note: For other reports, see PS 019 677 and PS 019 678.