ERIC Number: ED447952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-22
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Development and School Readiness: Some Observations about "Homework" for New Century Working Parents.
Slaughter-Defoe, Diana T.
This keynote address examines the relationship between early childhood development and school readiness. The address begins with basic statistical data indicative of the well-being of children in Pennsylvania and Illinois and maintains that advocacy embracing and encouraging interdisciplinary professional collaboration for supporting and empowering parents is needed in both states. The address further discusses the relationship between early childhood development and school readiness, focusing on the contribution of the family home environment to young children's academic and social skills. It is noted that research since the 1960s has affirmed the importance of early parent-child relationships to children's school readiness. Increased collaboration since the 1960s has led to an improved understanding of the interconnections between a young child's physical and psychological status at home, in the family, and performance in the primary grades at school. The recent expansion of Head Start services allows educators to reach more children in poverty prior to school entry than ever before. However, the address argues, parents must be empowered to feel full responsibility for their children's literacy development and school readiness, and to use the skill and knowledge of teachers and others to make their responsibility concrete. It is asserted that it is time for African American parents to assume responsibility, as Asian American parents do, for teaching their own children to read before they go to elementary school. (Contains 22 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois