ERIC Number: ED455937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Public Schools & PreK Services. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 13.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
This report summarizes how preschool children are served by or through local and state education agencies and the types of programs offered. The report presents the number of children served in: programs for preschool-aged children with disabilities; Head Start grantee and delegate agencies operating under the auspices of the local school board; Title I programs; and various state prekindergarten programs. Estimates on the number of preschoolers served by public schools are given, based on data from various national surveys. Implications for the field of early childhood education relate to schools' strong tradition of service to all children, schools' potential as an ally in securing revenue for early childhood programming, school officials' historical reluctance to incorporate services to preschool-aged children, and the slowness with which public education has worked to meet the needs of families beyond the traditional school day or school year. The report concludes by proposing that a National Commission on Early Childhood Services be created to examine the issue of how the United States will serve preschool-age children. (KB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Policy, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, Public Schools, Role of Education
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB #8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0867; Web site: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act