ERIC Number: ED466656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Equal Access to Early Learning. Cantigny Conference Report (Chicago, Illinois, June 5-7, 2001).
National Black Child Development Inst., Inc., Washington, DC.
Despite a growing acknowledgement that the United States needs to invest more in the early care and education needs of children, the country lacks a common vision for a comprehensive approach to an early childhood care and education system. The Equal Access to Early Learning Conference, sponsored by the National Black Child Development Institute and the McCormick Tribune Foundation, was convened in 2001 to examine the critical elements necessary to provide access to early learning for all young children. This document summarizes the conference presentations related to the issues of meeting the critical early care and education needs of children, achieving quality, increasing access, overcoming barriers, and developing standards and assessment. The presentations were: (1) "The Goal of Voluntary Universal Early Care and Education" (Evelyn K. Moore); (2) "Findings of the Eager to Learn Project" (Barbara T. Bowman); (3) "Engaging Children's Minds: An Essential Element of Quality" (Lilian G. Katz); (4) "Utilizing the Head Start Model" (Ronald D. Herndon); (5) "Utilizing the Public School Model" (Don Bailey); (6) "Constructing an Integrated Program Approach" (Joan Lombardi); (7) "Diversifying Language and Culture" (Linda M. Espinosa); (8) "Financing Universal Pre-Kindergarten" (Sharon Lynn Kagan); (9) "Assessing Performance through Observation" (Samuel J. Meisels); and (10) "Closing the Achievement Gap" (Oscar A. Barbarin). The document includes case studies of individual projects and concludes with questions and answers on state initiatives. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Child Care, Childhood Needs, Conferences, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Financial Support, Models, National Standards, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Racial Differences, State Programs, Student Evaluation
National Black Child Development Institute, Inc., 1101 15th Street, N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 800-556-2234 (Toll Free); Tel: 202-833-2220; Fax: 202-833-8222; Web site: http://www.nbcdi.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: National Black Child Development Inst., Inc., Washington, DC.