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ERIC Number: ED088595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-28
Pages: 63
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Policy Issues in Early Childhood Education.
Stephen, Mae
The central issue discussed in this paper on policy issues in early childhood education concerns the locus of primary responsibility for the care and rearing of the infant and young child. To provide an analytic basis for decision-making in early childhood education, the author (1) describes the serious and deepening societal problems that appear to underly the demand for preschool programs, (2) identifies the various interest groups advocating child care and relates their perceived needs, (3) examines the Federal role in providing early childhood education, and (4) evaluates the evidence regarding the efficacy of current sponsored programs. Based upon such information, this paper suggests that the case for societal assumption of universal child care has not been clearly established. Without first obtaining far better understanding of developmental processes in all domains and of the effects of group care or early schooling at various ages, the nation should not establish massive and universal child care programs. (CS)
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 28-March 1, 1973)