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ERIC Number: ED411937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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A Historical Review of the Evolution of Early Childhood Care and Education in the Caribbean.
Davies, Rose
This paper reviews the development of early childhood care and education in the Caribbean region since World War II. Despite the growth of private early childhood facilities throughout the region in the immediate post-war period, supply was inadequate to satisfy demand. Governments, pressured by rising social and economic problems, were to varying degrees reluctant to provide for early childhood care and education. During the 1950s and 1960s, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Bernard van Leer Foundation were among the first international organizations to provide sustained assistance to the region in support of early child care and education. During the 1970s, in spite of increased levels of assistance from international organizations such as UNICEF and BVLF, governments were slow to invest public funds in this area. The 1980s witnessed a real turning point in the achievement of significant advances in early childhood care and education, due to the widespread adoption of national standards for care, the development of direct UNICEF assistance in many countries, and evaluative studies of programs that focused on a teacher training and parent education. (Contains 12 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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