ERIC Number: ED381270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Programs: Promoting the Development of Young Children in Denmark, France, and Italy. Briefing Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Subcommittee on Children and Families, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
In light of proposed changes in federal support for early childhood programs in the United States, this report provides an overview of the ways in which Denmark, France, and Italy provide early childhood programs to large numbers of children, promote high quality, and finance such programs. It reports that among 4-year-olds, 76 percent in Denmark and 100 percent in France attended public, center-based early childhood programs in 1992, compared with about 55 percent in the United States in 1990. In Italy in 1992, about 92 percent of all children aged 3 to 5 attended early childhood programs, most of which were public. Children in these three countries attended programs that were accessible to parents because sliding fee scales allowed children in families at every income level to participate if their parents so desired and full-day services made programs convenient for parents, especially those who worked. In addition, early childhood programs in Denmark, Italy, and France had highly trained and well-compensated teachers, low child-staff ratios, and low teacher turnover. Three appendixes contain a list of early childhood program sites visited, General Accounting Office (GAO) contact and staff acknowledgements, and additional acknowledgements. (MDM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Quality, Faculty Mobility, Foreign Countries, Government Role, National Norms, National Surveys, Preschool Education, Preschool Evaluation, Preschool Teachers, Program Costs, Teacher Education, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Ratio
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy, free; additional copies are $2 each; orders for 100 or more copies mailed to a single address are discounted 25%).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers: Denmark; France; Italy; United States