ERIC Number: ED351110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring Early Childhood Education. Fastback 329.
Kelley, Michael F.; Surbeck, Elaine
The first of six national educational goals, proclaimed by President Bush, to be accomplished by the year 2000 is that all children will start school ready to learn. This booklet examines this goal in terms of what it will take to ensure that all children develop the capacities or readiness to be successful in school. In the introduction, it is asserted that, for children and families to succeed in the lifelong process of learning, early childhood experiences both in and out of the home must be as personalized as possible. The first chapter looks at the early childhood years and the concept of school readiness. The second chapter explains why restructuring, rather than reform, of early childhood education is needed. A framework for providing comprehensive intervention services is discussed in the third chapter. The fourth chapter profiles programs in Missouri, Minnesota, and California that seek to broaden the role of schools in early childhood education. The fifth chapter examines curriculum issues intrinsic to a restructuring of early childhood education. The sixth chapter deals with appropriate methods for child assessment. In a concluding section, it is argued that services for children and families be coordinated, and that early childhood education be restructured to become personalized and family-centered (HTH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Family Programs, Public Schools, School Readiness, School Restructuring, School Role
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Integrated Services; National Education Goals 1990