ERIC Number: ED338403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying Policy Options for Preschool Mainstreaming. Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Special Education Series.
Smith, Barbara J.; Rose, Deborah F.
The Policy Analysis Study of the Research Institute on Preschool Mainstreaming investigated the manner in which states and local districts have implemented the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs' recommendation that preschoolers with mild to moderate disabilities participate in mainstream programs such as Head Start. A national survey of state education agency administrators, Head Start administrators, local education agency directors, and parents in 10 states was conducted in an effort to determine whether particular education policies presented barriers to mainstreaming. Survey respondents were asked if there were disincentives to mainstreaming in their states and communities in the areas of: (1) public school accountability for program standards and supervision; (2) fiscal and contracting procedures; (3) transportation policies; (4) use of private or nonpublic agencies; (5) conflicting policies; (6) personnel policies; (7) curricula or methods requirements; and (8) values or attitudes. Problems were most frequently found in policies concerning program standards and personnel; fiscal matters; eligibility; transportation; and coordination. A total of 21 case studies were conducted as a means of following up on the disincentives. It was found that certain states and local agencies had discovered useful and innovative remedies for each of the types of disincentives discovered by the survey. A list of four references, and a list of resources on early childhood policies and programs, are appended. (SAK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Allegheny-Singer Research Inst., Pittsburgh, PA.