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ERIC Number: EJ1151327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1543-1223
Fostering Character Education in an Urban Early Childhood Setting
Kokoszka, Carla; Smith, Juliette
Journal of Character Education, v12 n1 p69-74 2016
This article describes the character education program in Donald Stewart School No. 51, in Elizabeth, NJ, a dual-language preschool serving 300 students that first opened its doors in 2004. Over the years this school has been committed to laying the foundation of character development with its preschoolers. Their pillar "Friends Care, Friends Share" encompasses the significant core values necessary for developing responsible citizenship. The character education program strives to develop a community atmosphere in which all work together on creating a brighter future for students with a solid foundation for moral action. Donald Stewart School No. 51 regularly assesses its culture and climate, the role of its staff as character educators and how the students manifest good character. They collect data from surveys twice a year. Their parents and teachers contribute to the overall advancement of the school by providing their feedback through surveys, assessing the school climate and culture. The school prides itself on exhibiting a nurturing environment that is child-centered and developmentally appropriate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale
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