ERIC Number: ED351100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-4
Reference Count: N/A
The Metropolitan Council on Child Care: Conceptualizing a Framework for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and Development.
Goffin, Stacie G.
This paper describes the mission, history, current activities, and accomplishments of the Kansas City Metropolitan Council on Child Care. Created in 1989, the council represents a collaborative effort among representatives from local, state, and federal governments; business, labor, and community interests; and early childhood workers from public schools, Head Start, and public, private, and family-based programs. The council serves as a catalyst for: (1) constructing a system of high quality early childhood care and education for children from birth through age 12 in an 8-county area in Kansas and Missouri; (2) coordinating a system of professional preparation and development; (3) conceptualizing a metropolitan-wide system of resource and referral; and (4) creating a centralized vehicle for public information and policy analysis. The council has assessed the characteristics of those providing care and education to children in the area and completed a survey of professional development opportunities in the metropolitan community. In addition, the council has delineated specializations within the field of early childhood care and education and school-age child care in terms of the relationships among three criteria: the developmental characteristics of the learner, professional roles, and the program setting. Efforts of the council to provide financial support for early childhood professional development, and particularly the establishment of an Early Childhood Development Fund, are detailed. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Council on Child Care, Kansas City, KS.