ERIC Number: ED339475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Legislative Recommendations: Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Care.
Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
A Texas study on prekindergarten and early childhood care that was developed for the Texas legislature in response to an amendment of the Texas Education Code is presented. Also presented are findings on: (1) the developmental appropriateness of prekindergarten programs, defined here as programs for eligible 4-year-olds; (2) the potential for using child care program sites as prekindergarten sites; and (3) the coordination of prekindergarten and government-funded early childhood care and education programs. It is noted that there is no statewide definition of developmental appropriateness from which indicators for program quality can be developed. Most licensed child care program sites meet the needs of prekindergarten facilities. Although there is some coordination of programs, there are inconsistencies in program goals, guidelines, and requirements. Legislative recommendations call for the development of a common definition of developmental appropriateness for prekindergarten programs; a coordinated self-study of early childhood care and education programs and services that will determine how they meet the common definition; and the establishment and funding of an early childhood clearinghouse at the Texas Education Agency. Appended are statistics on prekindergarten programs; telephone survey information; a summary of state and federal regulations; a transcript of pending legislation; and information on essential elements for a prekindergarten. Contains 13 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Clearinghouses, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Day Care Centers, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Development, Quality Control, Questionnaires, State Aid, State Legislation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Tables (Data)
Publications Distribution Office, Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Note: Appendix E and portions of Appendix D will not reproduce legibly.