ERIC Number: ED369562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Starting Points: Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Children. The Report of the Carnegie Task Force on Meeting the Needs of Young Children.
Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
This report outlines what is known about the requirements for optimal development during the first 3 years of life, considers the ways in which society might reverse the trends toward risk for families and children, and describes the necessary conditions for families to function well in the interests of their young children. Part 1 describes "the quiet crisis," documenting the conditions of children and their families from the prenatal period to age 3, and describing how the nation neglects children in this age group. Factors contributing to this crisis, including poverty, abuse and neglect, changing family structures, and adults' isolation are discussed. Part II discusses starting points for helping young children, specifically, promoting responsible parenthood, guaranteeing quality child care choices, ensuring good health and protection, and mobilizing communities to support young children and their families. Part III presents specific recommendations for action in the areas discussed in the preceding section. Four appendixes list consultants to the task force, papers commissioned by the task force, invitees to the task force's "Services that Work" Meeting, and biographies of task force members and staff. Over 150 references and an index of community programs for parents and young children are included. (HTH)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Child Development, Child Health, Child Neglect, Childhood Needs, Community Programs, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Family Environment, Family Programs, Government Role, Infants, One Parent Family, Parent Education, Parent Responsibility, Poverty, Social Problems, Social Services, Toddlers, Young Children
Carnegie Corporation of New York, P.O. Box 753, Waldorf, MD 20604 ($10; all orders must be prepaid by check or money order).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A