ERIC Number: ED420014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Development: Trends and Likely Scenarios.
van Oudenhoven, Nico; Wazir, Rekha
The following trends have been in motion in the field of early childhood development (ECD) for some time: (1) the concept of ECD is increasingly taking on additional connotations; (2) in Europe children are becoming a minority group and other age groups, such as the elderly, see them as competitors for the same limited resources; (3) the downward extension of primary school education to include younger age groups will continue; (4) the number of children with access to ECD will grow and a large section of society will be catered for, but at the same time, some groups of socially excluded young families will become virtually unreachable; and (5) international cooperation and exchange of "good practice" will expand and intensify. Some future scenarios can be "willed" and with sufficient "will power" they could actually happen. Most large-scale ECD intervention programs skirt emotive but fundamental issues such as child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, domestic violence, and discrimination. The impact on the well-being of children could be improved if they were to be incorporated. The majority of large-scale intervention programs are conservative in the sense that they seek to provide responses to yesterday's problems. To increase their effectiveness, these programs should anticipate the "newly emerging needs" of children. (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Child Development Initiatives, Leiden (Netherlands).