ERIC Number: ED394664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Children First: A Plan for an Early Care and Education System for Massachusetts. Report of the Special Commission on Early Childhood.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden. Early Learning Services.
Designed to improve Massachusetts' children's healthy development and success in school, this plan discusses high quality early care and education programs that are responsive to the needs and preferences of families, and that provide parenting education and family literacy and support. The goal of the plan is to create a coordinated system of high quality care and education for young children that is accessible, affordable, and responsive to families and children. This report is made up of an executive summary and several sections. The executive summary synthesizes the report with regard to recommendations, costs, and implementation. The second section, titled "The Need and the Challenge," discusses long term effects of high quality early childhood education, school readiness, full-day kindergarten, quality components of early childhood programs, and the role of families and the public. The section entitled "Recommendations" elaborates on four recommendations: (1) family education and involvement; (2) affordability and accessibility; (3) quality; and (4) structure, and sets priorities for achieving each one. The "Cost" section explains how cost estimates developed for the report were derived and estimates annual and cumulative costs for preschool and kindergarten program improvements. The section titled "Implementation Plan" suggests a timeline for achieving the recommendations. (Contains 35 references and appendixes). (MOK)
Descriptors: Children, Community Involvement, Day Care, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Quality, Educational Strategies, Family Role, Government Role, Information Management, Poverty, Preschool Education, School Readiness, School Schedules
Massachusetts Department of Education, Early Learning Services, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148 (Publication No. 17798-32-6M-12/95-DOE, free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden. Early Learning Services.