ERIC Number: ED118260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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Early Childhood Education: An Introduction to the Profession. Second Edition.
Hymes, James L., Jr.
This introduction to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) profession briefly explains the term "Early Childhood Education," gives a short historical portrait of kindergartens, nursery schools and child care centers, and describes major issues in ECE under the following headings: Social Forces Shaping Early Childhood, The Status of Kindergartens, The Status of Nursery Schools, Problems at the Nursery School Level, The Status of Head Start, Head Start's Problems, The Sparks From a Program (Head Start), The Status of Child Care Centers, New Steps in Child Care, Summing Up, and The Satisfactions (of the profession). The view is expressed that ECE is a booming field, that there is growing awareness of the importance of infancy and toddlerhood, a growing determination to link programs for children under 6 and over 6, and increased efforts to end the separation between home and school. The main problems and recommendations stressed are (1) the lack of quality programs, (2) the large size of kindergarten classes, (3) the difficulty of handling two half-day kindergarten shifts each day, (4) the break between kindergarten and first grade, (5) the undesirable use of first grade methods in kindergarten and preschool programs, (6) the need for better parent and citizen understanding, (7) the need for more creative and efficient evaluation of ECE programs and services, (8) the need for more men teachers, (9) the poor quality of television programming, and (10) the problem of caring for children under 3 whose parents cannot provide full time care. (GO)
Descriptors: Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Grade 1, History, Infants, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Nursery Schools, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Children, Program Evaluation, Social Change, State of the Art Reviews
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1834 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (Paper, $1.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.