ERIC Number: ED051436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Early Childhood Development: Alternatives for Program Implementation in the States. A Report of the Education Commission of the States Task Force on Early Childhood Education.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
The purpose of this report is to provide state-level policy makers with basic data about important alternatives to be considered as a state initiates or expands its early childhood programs. The report points out that several effective approaches could be implemented at substantially less cost than conventional classroom kindergartens and preschools. The major goals of statewide programs for children under 6 years of age should be to: (a) strengthen the family role and involve parents in the education of their children; (b) provide for the health, safety, and psychological needs of young children; and (c) provide remedial health and education programs for all preschool children in need of special services. An analysis of federal priorities and programs indicates that states will be required to carry the major burden of early childhood programs and coordinate them with the many ongoing federal programs. Topics discussed are: state organizational structure; alternative approaches; objectives; training and certifying personnel; physical facilities; methods of providing state financial support; and implementation. Appendixes present a discussion of educational goals; a summary of pending federal legislation; and information on state funding and personnel programs in early childhood development. Also included are addresses of people to contact for additional information on individual states. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Certification, Developmental Programs, Early Childhood Education, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Federal Government, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Public Education, State Action, State Aid, State Programs, Training
Education Commission of the States, 300 Lincoln Tower, 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.