ERIC Number: ED258694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Enrolment of Immature School-Aged Children in Early Childhood Services Programs.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
A survey was made of developmentally immature school-age children enrolled in early childhood services (ECS) in Alberta, Canada. In addition to basic questions of cost, incidence of school-age children's enrollment in the ECS program, and educational impact of delayed or second-year enrollment in ECS programs, questions were raised concerning the following issues: cut-off dates for grade 1 enrollment, person(s) responsible for the decision to delay ECS enrollment, number of second year ECS enrollments based on formal testing results, tests used, type of ECS programming required by immature children, the child's entitlement to ECS before grade 1, and financial responsibility after a year of ECS programming. A total of 383 surveys were mailed; 281 were sent to private ECS operators and 102 were sent to public jurisdictions. A total of 299 surveys were returned. Findings and conclusions are reported, and recommendations with accompanying rationales are offered. Appended materals include related policy statements, a copy of the survey instrument, actual and projected enrollment figures for school-age children in ECS programs, cut-off dates for grade 1 enrollment, frequencies by zone of persons making the decision to place immature children, a list of tests used in placement decisions, and information about respondents' points of view on the enrollment of immature children in ECS programs. (RH)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Enrollment, Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Guidelines, Maturity (Individuals), Parent Responsibility, Policy Formation, Private Schools, Public Schools, Questionnaires, School Entrance Age, School Registration, Special Programs, State Surveys, Test Use
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada