ERIC Number: EJ694788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 17
A Survey of Current Pre-School Education of/for Children from Urban Low-Income Families in Beijing
Jin-Qinghua; Liu-Yan; Zhang-Yan; Li-Qiong
International Journal of Early Years Education, v13 n2 p157-169 Jun 2005
This study investigated the pre-school education of children from low-income families in six urban districts of Beijing, using questionnaires and in-depth interviews with respondents from district educational committees, sub-district and resident's committees, nursery schools, and low-income families. The results indicated that (1) the number of nursery schools in Beijing's urban districts showed a decreasing trend by year and that these schools were not evenly distributed; and (2) nursery school fees for usage were high, especially for low-income families. These fees acted as a barrier for many of the children from this socio-economic background, leaving a number of such children with no opportunity to receive pre-school education. There was no attempt by the local government and/or communities to provide adequate financial and educational support for low-income families. Recommendations are made with regard to improving the current situation.
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Background, Preschool Education, Fees, Educational Trends, Nursery Schools, Low Income Groups, Foreign Countries, Young Children, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)