ERIC Number: ED356869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
The Challenge for Child Care.
Masters, Billie Nave
For many years there has been concern over the growing need for adequate and available child care in the United States. Given this concern, the question arises as to what is meant by "adequate child care." It is not enough that child care be available; it must also be adequate with respect to fulfilling the developmental needs of the children it serves. Instruction in morality and values is not a prerogative of any form of the public education system in the United States as a matter of constitutional law, but it appears that some methodology which will provide preschool children with precisely this kind of experience is needed. Instruction in the area of values and judgment need not be situational or uniform, but rather needs to promote the acquisition of a set of basic cognitive skills which allow children opportunities and mechanisms for defining their own participation in society and making positive choices. The type of instruction required is instruction that: (1) encourages values that can be developed as a set of cognitive skills in an inclusive atmosphere which promotes self-expression and mutual respect; (2) provides guidance through directed activities in an environment which is sensitive to children's assessed developmental needs; and (3) allows decision making that is taught, acquired, and used without dependence upon outdated educational models, or predetermination of specific behavioral outcomes. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advanced Education Research Center, Tustin, CA.