ERIC Number: ED078896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
The Story of the White House Conferences on Children and Youth.
Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
White House Conferences on Children and Youth, an idea originated by James E. West, have been held at approximately 10-year intervals during this century: 1909, 1919, 1930, 1940, 1950, and 1960. Although called by the President, and with one or more sessions usually having been held in the White House (from which the name of the conferences derive), the purpose of these conferences has been to advise the American people. Each of the conferences has been concerned with a problem typical of the decade in which it occurred. The White House Conference on the Care of Dependent Children, in 1909, was a protest against the use of institutional care for dependent and neglected children. The second conference, held in 1919, the White House Conference on Standards of Child Welfare, framed the first important body of child health and welfare standards to insure that every child had a fair chance. The White House Conference on Child Health and Protection (1930) produced the most comprehensive statement of the needs of children ever written. The subject of the 1940 Conference on Children in a Democracy canvassed the fundamental democratic principles, conditions, and services essential for the well-being of children in a democracy. The Midcentury White House Conference on Children and Youth (1950) was concerned with democracy's responsibility "to produce socially minded cooperative people, without sacrificing individuality." This conference explored the ingredients of a healthy personality development. The 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth enlarged this theme to find ways "to promote opportunities for children and youth to realize their full potential for a creative life in freedom and dignity." The stories of these conferences are provided. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.