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ERIC Number: ED419588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 12
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Access to Early Childhood Development: Strategies for Enhancing Social Integration.
Wazir, Rekha; van Oudenhoven, Nico
Access to early childhood education and social exclusion are issues currently of importance for policy and program development in Europe. This paper explores links between early education access and social exclusion in regard to profound and rapid changes in Europe that are forcing families to find new ways to remain integrated within their communities and societies, and to prepare their children for adult lives. The paper argues that early childhood education can be an effective mechanism for promoting social integration and cohesion, particularly for socially excluded families. Access to early education could open doors to many other services, further integrating these families. Creating full accessibility should be given the highest political priority, but to reach the marginalized and excluded segments, public awareness would have to grow and strategies to improve access to services would need to be introduced. The paper then considers strategies centering on the client, program, policy and organization. The paper concludes by noting that the nature of services provided would also have to be scrutinized with respect to their suitability for supporting children at risk. (JPB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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