ERIC Number: ED312787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Changes in Early Childhood: Public School Programs for 4-Year-Olds.
Lawler, S. Dianne; Boals, Beverly M.
Education programs for 4-year-olds may offer unique opportunities for the growth of services for young children. Currently, the role of state departments of education in preschool instruction is evolving; no single approach to public school programming for 4-year-olds exists. Approximately two-thirds of the 28 state and District of Columbia early childhood education programs are intended to serve children at risk for school failure. To provide children with free opportunities to get off to a better start, in 1988-89 the Little Rock School District in Arkansas implemented five programs for 4-year-olds within their public school system. In 1989-90, 9 more classes, for a total of 13 programs, were added. Additional opportunities for early childhood education exist in the state through private day care facilities and through the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters. Public school programs for 4-year-olds should be quite different from some of today's public school kindergartens. Developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs must be based upon knowledge obtained from child development research, employ only those professionally trained to guide the intellectual growth of young children, and focus on the needs and characteristics of 4-year-olds and their families. (17 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas (Little Rock)