ERIC Number: ED390613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
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A Rural and Remote Children's Mobile Service--Wanaaring.
This paper reports on the Contact Children's Mobile, a program developed in 1987 to provide educational and social enrichment opportunities for children from birth to 12 years who live in a large remote region surrounding Wanaaring, Australia. Two teachers travel an average of 800 kilometers weekly to make home visits or hold daylong educational sessions for 75 families including 130 children. Families are visited once a month. The program provides playgroups, preschool sessions, after-school sessions, and vacation sessions. In addition, the program provides assistance, information, referrals, and support to rural families. Other program activities include promoting community awareness of child development and health issues, supporting local community activities, advocating relevant issues regarding rural families, and providing networks between mobile children's services statewide and nationally. During phase one of the program, the focus was on early childhood education and health promotion, along with the development of resource materials appropriate to the needs of the region. Phase two of the program focused on improving parenting skills and family self-management. During this phase the program was expanded to include a video series on parenting skills; booklets to supplement the video series; storybooks reflecting the identity of the region; and a daily radio program focusing on parenting ideas, discussion of health topics, and children's songs and stories. Additionally, the program has been closely involved in training, networking, and policy making regarding rural and remote mobile children's services, both statewide and nationally. (LP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Linking Agents, Mobile Educational Services, Outreach Programs, Parent Education, Program Development, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Social Isolation, Socialization
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Issues Affecting Rural Communities. Proceedings of an International Conference Held by the Rural Education Research and Development Centre (Townsville, Queensland, Australia, July 10-15, 1994); see RC 020 376.