ERIC Number: ED348160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Laying the Foundation for School Success: Recommendations for Improving Early Learning Programs in Maryland.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Instruction.
This report examines the philosophy, policies, programs, methodologies, services, and organizational structures that relate to the education of students between 4 and 9 years of age. Sections of the report address: (1) the relation between development and learning; (2) school readiness; (3) early learning programs; and (4) partnerships among schools, families, and communities. Each section of the report includes a literature review, recommendations for early learning programs in the State of Maryland, and references for additional reading. Section 1 examines children's development in light of several developmental goals, lays out a mission and philosophy position, and lists the goals for early learning. Section 2 defines school readiness and makes recommendations concerning family and community responsibility for children's school readiness. Section 3 discusses the qualifications of early learning program staff; the organization, curriculum, and methodology of early learning programs; student assessment; and program accountability and improvement. The role of family partnerships with schools in promoting higher student achievement is considered in section 4. Appendices include a profile of experiences necessary for children's development through age 5; a list of benchmark outcomes for first graders; and lists of members of subcommittees of the Maryland Commission on the Early Learning Years and of committees that studied first grade outcomes. A brief executive summary is attached. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Family Influence, Family School Relationship, Learning, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Community Relationship, School Readiness, Student Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Instruction.