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ERIC Number: ED039940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 4
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Statement by Marsden G. Wagner, M. D. Representing the American Public Health Association before the Select Subcommittee on Education, March 3, 1970.
Wagner, Marsden G.
Critical issues in day care and early child education are outlined, and HR Bill 13520 is evaluated. The issues are: (1) the serious shortage of day care for children of working mothers, (2) rapidly increasing evidence that intervention must begin before the age of 3, if the poverty cycle is to be broken, (3) a need for comprehensive, continuous health and education services for children, preferably in the same physical location (perhaps at a Children's Center) for consistency of care and lowered costs, (4) parent involvement in areas of program development and parent education, (5) the need for trained manpower to establish and supervise day care and early education programs, and (6) the urgent need of children for powerful political and professional advocates. HR 13520 is valuable because it would make funds available for day care services, but it should be changed to include children under 3. The bill contains the potential for development of comprehensive child care programs including health, nutritions and social services and daily programs. However, the bill should either (1) detail what these services should include and how they would be coordinated, or (2) provide an administrative mechanism with authority to develop service models, standards, coordinating mechanisms, and quality control methods. If passed, a strong professional advocate to administer the program is essential. The Office of Child Development is suggested as the best agency at present to act in this capacity, but its authority and responsibilities need to be strengthened and expanded. (Author/NH)
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