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ERIC Number: ED337033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Early Childhood Programs for Language Minority Children. Focus, Occasional Papers in Bilingual Education, Number 2.
Focus, n2 Sum 1990
General issues in the development of programs for language minority children at the preschool level, ages 2-4, are discussed. Focus is on the need to meet their comprehensive needs, and the five following points are made: (1) programs should be designed to serve the child's social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development within the context of the family and community and the programs must employ developmentally appropriate practices that respect individual differences and choices; (2) parents should be an integral part of the programs, which must also incorporate the family and home culture; (3) staff should be trained to provide comprehensive services to young children; (4) programs should not segregate children according to family income, and all children should have equal access to quality programming; and (5) adequate and consistent funding is needed. Implications of each point are discussed. It is concluded that, faced with increased stress and poverty, as well as changing lifestyles, demographics, and social issues, the language minority family requires services to strengthen it and support the development of healthy, competent young children. Contains 26 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bilingual Education, Child Development, Cultural Differences, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, English (Second Language), Family Programs, Family Role, Parent Participation, Program Development, Resource Allocation, Second Language Programs, Staff Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Language Minorities