ERIC Number: ED305154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide for State Action: Early Childhood & Family Education.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
This guide delineates steps for state involvement in early childhood and family education and related services, and synthesizes many state and federal activities that support at-risk children from birth through five years and their families. The guide is designed to help states expand early childhood and family education policies and programs by drawing upon the collective experience of other states. The guide begins with a list of recommendations for five areas for action in support of quality early childhood and family education. These areas include: (1) the state policy role; (2) national support; (3) coalitions and coordination; (4) program guidelines; and (5) staffing. The guide then presents an overview of the unmet needs of at-risk preschool-age children and obstacles to the provision of comprehensive coordinated services. The unmet needs and barriers to service provide the framework for the guide. The next section of the guide describes the context within which states are developing programs, and references federal and state initiatives and multi-agency efforts. There are citations of examples from research literature, and experiences of specific projects and states, which illustrate ways in which the unmet needs and barriers have been addressed. The final section explores policy considerations. Cited are 35 references. (RH)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Family Programs, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Guidelines, High Risk Persons, Parent Education, Preschool Children, Program Development, Public Policy, Social Services, State Government, State Programs
Council of Chief State School Officers, 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 379, Washington, DC 20001 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.