ERIC Number: ED272272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
[Position Statement from the Southern Association on Children Under Six 1986.]
Southern Association on Children Under Six, Little Rock, AR.
Provided are four brief position statements of The Southern Association on Children Under Six concerning quality programs in public schools for children 4 years of age, supporting parents, quality child care, and developmentally appropriate educational experiences for kindergarten. The statement on public school preschool programs briefly describes characteristics of the 4-year-old, indicates aspects of a developmentally appropriate preschool program, provides a rationale for public preschool education, indicates preschool children's basic needs, suggests guidelines for the implementation of quality programs, and delineates the role of public schools in advancing appropriate experiences for 4-year-olds. The statement on parent support discusses what is known about quality family life and quality parenting, ways to help parents be effective, and plans to support parents. The statement on child care explores children's needs (l) to feel that their situation is a safe and comfortable place to be, (2) to be fully employed in activities that are meaningful to them, (3) to live comfortably with other children and adults, (4) to have their physical development supported and be helped to learn health, nutritional, and safety practices, and (5) to feel that there is consistency in their lives and a shared concern for them among parents and caregivers. Discussion of developmental experiences for kindergarten recommends beginning with the needs of children, suggests ways of designing learning environments to meet children's needs, and points out ways of assessing kindergarten children's development. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association on Children Under Six, Little Rock, AR.