ERIC Number: ED369546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Education Program Evaluation 1992-1993.
Des Moines Public Schools, IA.
This report describes the early childhood education programs of the Des Moines Independent Community School District and evaluates their strengths and weakness. A description of each of the district's 15 programs and services for children from birth to 8 years of age is given, along with vignettes demonstrating how the programs affect the lives of Des Moines children and their families. Major strengths of the early childhood programs are listed, including: (1) cooperation and collaboration among programs, staff, and administrators; (2) increasing numbers of staff with early childhood endorsements and certifications; (3) collaborative agreements with other community agencies and organizations; (4) increased parent involvement; and (5) excellent Head Start programs. Noted areas in need of improvement include a lack of sufficient dedicated classroom space, a lack of manipulative materials for kindergarten through second-graders, and additional staff time for professional development and planning. Five appendixes provide a diagram of program collaboration; a program organizational chart; a list of program locations and kindergarten sessions; a list of relevant early childhood policies, standards, and regulations; and a table of the ethnicity of children attending district programs. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.