ERIC Number: ED307095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-31
An Early Childhood/Parenting Strategy for Alaska.
Demmert, William G., Jr.
A report of the Governor's Interim Commission on Children and Youth, released in January, 1988, presented evidence that Alaska needs to formulate a comprehensive strategy to develop a strong foundation upon which Alaska's children can build productive and satisfying lives. A groundswell of support is building toward the belief that Alaska needs to take careful action that will significantly alter the way society provides for the care and education of its young children. This paper describes a broad framework upon which a strategy to address early childhood and parenting could be built. Programs for young children need to be based on how young children learn and grow, and they need to have strong components for parent and family involvement. The responsibility of the Alaska Department of Education in such a comprehensive statewide early childhood strategy should be to: (1) provide school personnel with a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching young children and supporting their needs and strengths; and (2) help educators understand how to build effective partnerships between schools and families. The aim of these two efforts is to improve school climate and to strengthen the base of support for Alaska's families. Current efforts of the Department of Education are outlined as they relate to early childhood development and parenting. Emphasis is placed on developing a partnership of parents, parent groups, politicians, public and private agencies, and public and private schools, as well as a myriad of other organizations. Also included is a description of what the Alaska Parenting Model should be, together with a philosophy and a list of objectives. (ALL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska