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ERIC Number: ED335112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Rethinking Parent Involvement in Day Care.
Shimoni, Rena; Ferguson, Barbara
This paper analyzes the concept of parent involvement in the early childhood literature, and discusses the applicability of this information to the day care context. A review of the literature suggests three main goals of parent involvement programs: (1) parent education; (2) the right of parents to influence programs that affect their children; and (3) ensuring continuity between the home and the preschool setting. Differences between parent education of middle class and poor parents in poverty are cited, and caution against over-enthusiasm regarding parent education is expressed. The impact of parent influence on day care through participation on boards is discussed, and questions about the ability of parents to monitor the quality of day care service are raised. Reasons for the lack of communication between parents and day care staff are suggested. An early childhood model program based on the concept of parental empowerment is discussed. The paper concludes that the supposed need for parent involvement in day care seems to be based more on the beliefs of professionals than on empirical findings, and encourages further empirical exploration of the perceptions of parents and day care staff. A list of 67 references is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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