ERIC Number: ED337276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Iowa Local Early Childhood Advisory Committee Reports: An Analysis of Community Programs, Needs, and Possibilities.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Local Early Childhood Advisory Committees in Iowa studied early childhood education programs and the need for additional programs in local communities. By August, 1990, committees in 351 of Iowa's 430 school districts had made recommendations to local school boards, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa General Assembly. Types of programs considered were: (1) programs for at-risk children; (2) Head Start; (3) preschool programs; (4) kindergarten; (5) before- and after-school child care; (6) school-age child care during summer vacations and school holidays; and (7) parent education and support programs. Committee reports first addressed the need for community collaboration in providing child care. Discussion then turned to program types. Programs for at-risk students were offered in 61 districts, and Head Start programs in 168 districts. Preschool programs were available in 34 districts. While 130 districts recommended that their district not offer a preschool, 80 recommended that a preschool be established. Kindergarten programs varied among all-day, everyday; half-day, everyday; and other combinations. Some districts offered extended-day kindergarten or transition classes. Few districts offered school-age care, and a minority recommended offering it. High school family living courses were offered in 89.6 percent of the districts. Committees made a series of policy recommendations. A list of eight references and a list of Iowa's Public School Districts are included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Identifiers: Iowa; Project Head Start