ERIC Number: ED384427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-22
Restructuring Schools To Meet the Needs of Children and Families: School-Based Early Childhood Centers.
Emphasizing strong partnerships with family and community, the School-Based Early Childhood Centers Project of the Child, Family, and Community Program (CFCP) identifies, develops, and evaluates early childhood partnerships with six Northwest school sites to provide case studies of the restructuring process. This report presents the results of a meeting of representatives of the six schools over the course of 4 years to discuss the early childhood center concept and share their experiences of integrating features of early childhood centers into early elementary classrooms. The report consists of two parts. The first part provides an update of the literature review regarding developmentally appropriate practice, parents as partners, community involvement, and transition services. The second part provides an overview of the early childhood centers project and the 4-year process of implementing the early childhood center concept in the six schools. The findings show that all six sites demonstrated consistent success in implementing developmentally appropriate practices, encouraging family participation in children's schooling, and recruiting community members to the school. The results suggest that successful restructuring efforts must occur simultaneously in a number of components for changes to accumulate into a systematic effort. Two appendices include a self diagnostic survey form and analysis tables of components by site. Contains 96 references. (AP)
Descriptors: Child Development, Community Involvement, Curriculum Development, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, High Risk Students, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Children, School Community Programs, School Organization, School Readiness
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Child, Family, and Community Program.