ERIC Number: ED352124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Kindergartens Open Kindergartens: A Community-Center for Parents and Other Adults in the Neighbourhood.
The problems encountered in kindergarten in the eastern and western parts of the reunited Germany differ enormously. In the east, kindergartens and day care facilities are being closed for economic reasons; in the west, there is a lack of kindergartens and care facilities. There is a great deal of public interest in, and political controversy about, child care. Parents are calling for more child care facilities and higher standards of care. Parental involvement in the education of kindergarten children is common and was addressed in laws passed in the 1970s. Parent education programs are commonly conducted by kindergartens. Recent surveys have indicated that parents would like kindergartens to serve as centers where they can receive support from, and interact with, other parents. The Children and Youth Welfare Act calls for kindergartens to support and advise parents, and to assist in the creation of adequate living conditions for parents and children through such activities as advocating for families. A present problem is the insufficient number of kindergarten teachers. German kindergartens strive to play a role in their community by improving their services and looking for new ways to meet the needs of families. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Caregiver Child Ratio; Germany
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of the Organisation Mondiale pour l'Education Prescholaire, World Organization for Early Childhood Education (20th, Flagstaff, AZ, August 2-7, 1992).