ERIC Number: ED369545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Challenge for Site-Based Decision Making Councils: Making Quality Preschool Education Accessible to Language Minority Students.
IDRA Newsletter, v20 n6 p9-14,16 Jun 1993
This article provides school council members in Texas public schools engaged in site-based decision-making (SBDM) with information about creating successful preschool programs for language minority children (LMC). It is intended to help the councils make decisions as to how they can: (1) ensure that language minority children have access equal to that of language majority children to a high quality preschool program, (2) create a vision of a high quality preschool program for LMC, and (3) determine the critical steps needed for making that vision a reality. Components necessary for an effective preschool program for language minority students are listed, and criteria for program development and improvement are presented, addressing: (1) policy; (2) administrative structure; (3) program goals; (4) assessment procedures; (5) curriculum; (6) learning facilitation formats; (7) cultural component; (8) language development; (9) site arrangement; (10) instructional ratios; (11) staffing, staff qualifications, and credentials; (12) family involvement; (13) staff development and (14) program evaluation. "An Early Childhood Education Programs Needs Assessment Form" is appended. (MDM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Educational Attitudes, English (Second Language), Equal Education, High Risk Students, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, School Based Management, School Policy, Second Language Learning
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas