ERIC Number: ED316314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Welcome for Every Child--How France Achieves Quality in Child Care: Practical Ideas for the United States. The Report of the Child Care Study Panel of the French-American Foundation.
Richardson, Gail; Marx, Elisabeth
Seven principles underlying the impressive achievements of the French child care system are especially relevant to concerns and issues in the United States. First, the primary mission of child care is to help meet young children's integrated needs for education and care. Second, skilled staff is the key to program quality. Third, incentives and outreach open the door to improvements in family day care by attracting unlicensed caregivers into the system. Fourth, preventive health care is integral to children's programs. Fifth, paid and job-protected maternity leave, financed through broadly shared taxation, fulfills a social obligation to newborn and newly adopted children by ensuring their early care by parents. Sixth, the resources invested in buildings and equipment for children express children's value to society. Well-designed space and furnishings are integral to program quality. Seventh, parents can exercise their right to choose what's best for their children in ways that promote the social good only if parents can afford and have access to programs of high quality. Broad public discussion of the seven principles can enable policymakers, professionals, and parents to see more clearly the policy and program choices confronting Americans deciding about child care. (RH)
Descriptors: Day Care, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Family Day Care, Foreign Countries, Health Services, Incentives, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education
French American Foundation, 41 East 72nd Street, New York, NY 10021 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Du Pont Corp., Wilmington, DE.; German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: French-American Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: France