ERIC Number: ED113044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Kindergartens.
Cage, Bob N.; Emerson, Peggy
Research in Education (University of Mississippi), v7 n1 Nov 1973
This paper attempts to analyze current research on kindergartens, to assess kindergartens' contribution to public school education, and to provide Mississippi legislators and educators with a basis for making decisions concerning a state supported kindergarten program. A chart summarizing legislation relating to kindergarten in the 50 states (through 1972) is presented. At the time of the report Mississippi was one of five states having no state-supported kindergarten program. Research is cited to show the cost-benefit of kindergarten programs and the benefits of preschool education in cognitive, affective, and health areas. Criticisms of preschool education and counterarguments are reviewed, and it is concluded that research to date supports the importance of early childhood education, especially kindergarten. Figures are given for low kindergarten attendance and high drop-out rates in Mississippi schools, and suggestions are made for initiating and implementing a kindergarten program in the state. The operating costs of three alternative programs are examined, and the practical issues of facilities, curriculum, transportation, and personnel are discussed. (GO)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Univ., University. Bureau of Educational Research.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi