ERIC Number: ED463875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Report on What Works in Early Childhood Education.
West Virginia Kids Count Fund, Charleston.
This KIDS COUNT pamphlet is part of a 3-year campaign to bring business and child care together to increase the quality and availability of child care for at-risk children in West Virginia. The pamphlet reports on the components of quality child care and on West Virginia's early childhood initiative, Educare. Emphasizing the positive effects of quality early care and education programs on children's lives, the pamphlet asserts that many current programs may harm children because they do not meet standards of good care. Six effective programs are then described: (1) Home-Oriented Preschool Education Program; (2) Perry Preschool Project; (3) Carolina Abecedarian Project; (4) Head Start; (5) Nurse Home Visitation in Elmira, New York; and (6) Nurse Home Visitation in Memphis, Tennessee. Educare, the West Virginia child care initiative, works to improve the quality of early care and education, increase accessibility of early care and education services, and create linkages to help families access the services they need. Eight West Virginia communities are funded to operate Educare pilot programs; four projects are described in this pamphlet to highlight the work being done, and characteristics of effective programs are delineated. Challenges identified in improving early care and education include building public understanding and political will, obtaining adequate funding, and developing needed public policy. The pamphlet concludes with a charge to the business and child care communities to share in the campaign to increase the quality and availability of child care for at-risk children. (Contains 21 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Day Care, Day Care Effects, Early Childhood Education, Home Visits, Pilot Projects, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Standards, State Programs
West Virginia Kids Count Fund, 1031 Quarrier Street, Suite 313, Atlas Building, Charleston, WV 25301-9958. Tel: 888-543-7268 (Toll Free); Tel: 304-345-2101; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.wvkidscountfund.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Kids Count Fund, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia