ERIC Number: ED410013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Report Study. Report No. 1.
Harrison, Barbara; Revells, John
A survey was conducted to determine demographic characteristics of existing early childhood education programs in Alaska. The survey was completed by 152 certified preschool programs and licensed out-of-home child care centers, representing 6,601 children and 1,093 staff members. Data were tabulated for questionnaire responses on children's backgrounds, program history and demographics, staff members, teacher education, planned activities, and parent participation. The most notable feature of early childhood programs in Alaska was found to be the diversity in the programs. A need for additional resources was also noted. The design of child care programs appeared more likely to meet the needs of working parents than the design of preschool programs, and parents with children with special needs were likely to have difficulty finding appropriate placements for their children. Programs were designing their own staff development and training activities to fill in the gaps in higher education programs. The notable variety of programs suggest that public policy needs to be flexible enough to accommodate the diversity found within the state. (The Early Childhood Program Survey Questionnaire is appended.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.; Alaska Univ., Fairbanks.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska