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ERIC Number: ED526810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Parents as Partners in Early Education. Quality Matters. Volume 3, Spring 2008
Edie, David; McNelis, Deborah
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Parents are children's first and foremost teachers. In today's world, a second significant influence on children ages 0 to 5 is the teachers or caregivers who provide child care and early education. Wisconsin's young children typically spend significant amounts of time in early care and education (ECE) programs, like family child care homes, child care centers, nursery schools or private preschools, 4-year-old kindergarten and Head Start. Today 71 percent of Wisconsin children have all available parents in the workforce (fourth highest rate in the nation), a dramatic change from 30 years ago. Parent engagement in early learning and development is particularly important in today's environment, where increasing numbers of young children are in child care and other early childhood programs. This policy brief is the third in a series exploring the components of a high-quality ECE program. It focuses on parents as partners in early education, examining what is known about the effectiveness of different approaches, possible models for programs, and options for public policy. An overarching concept that informs this report is that young children should have nurturing child care and early learning experiences no matter what the setting, whether it be the child's home, family child care, preschool or a child care center. While there is a continuum of services and supports that involve parents in their children's early development and learning, this report concentrates on two major program areas: (1) Parent engagement in their child's education from an early age; and (2) Family support services provided through early care and education programs with a strong home visiting program. (Contains 15 endnotes.)
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. 555 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703. Tel: 608-284-0580; Fax: 608-284-0583; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation; Faye McBeath Foundation; Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Inc., Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin