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ERIC Number: ED453954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 103
Abstractor: N/A
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Securing Our Future: Planning What We Want for Our Youngest Children. Future Trends Report, Volume VI.
Barton, Alice
This report is the sixth on future trends in early care and education undertaken by the Massachusetts Early Childhood Advisory Council since its inception in 1985. The report sets out a plan for a system of early care and education and family support in the state, fulfilling a requirement of the enabling legislation of the Community Partnerships for Children program. Section 1 of the report summarizes research in two key areas that contribute to school readiness: child behavior and development, and family support. Section 2 provides data and analysis relevant to the current early care and education and family support system, leading into further discussion of challenges to the system to create an effective and integrated system of support for young children and their families. The final section suggests a series of action steps that support four overall recommendations by the Early Childhood Advisory council. The recommendations are to: (1) make early care and education and family support affordable and universally available; (2) strengthen the early care and education work force; (3) increase the capacity and quality of the early care and education programs and develop local and state infrastructures that will support a system that is family friendly and locally based; and (4) expand family and community partnerships at the local level. The report's six appendices include a glossary of relevant terms, a description of early childhood models being used in other states, a discussion updating the Future Trends Report of 1999, and a list of communities participating in the Community Profiles project. (KB)
Massachusetts Department of Education, Early Learning Services, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148; Tel: 781-338-6364; e-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden. Early Learning Services.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts