ERIC Number: ED335123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Future Trends in Early Childhood Programs. Volume III. The Emerging Role of the Public Schools in Child Care: Case Studies.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Early Childhood Programs.; Massachusetts State Board of Education, Boston. Early Childhood Advisory Council.
This report provides an overview of the involvement of public schools in Massachusetts in child care, focusing on 12 child care programs strongly affiliated with public schools. The programs investigated responded to local needs in a variety of ways. Programs included a teen parenting program; a bilingual education program; child care for local town employees; before- and after-school child care; infant and toddler care; preschool education in a rural area; provision of tuition subsidies for families unable to afford child care; and outreach, training, and resources for parents and community-based providers. Based on the findings, the Early Childhood Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Board of Education declared its support for the role of the public schools in child care. The council recommends that schools considering involvement in child care programs for young children include the following elements in program development: (1) a strong, qualified leader who is responsive to the needs of children, families, staff, and community; (2) communication and collaboration with other programs, including public school programs; (3) parent involvement in program planning and decision-making; (4) a career ladder that includes adequate salaries and benefits and establishes a clear relationship between staff qualifications and professional development; (5) a funding arrangement that leads to long-term security; and (6) support from local school administration. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.
Note: For other reports, see PS 019 676 and PS 019 677.