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ERIC Number: EJ818984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Status Report #6: Trends in Religious-Affiliated Child Care
Neugebauer, Roger
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n184 p12-14 Nov-Dec 2008
This article reports on the recent trends in religious-affiliated child care in the United States. The number of centers in religious institutions continues to grow. In recent years, one factor that has started to impact programs provided by religious institutions is the new wave of state Pre-K programs. While it is tempting to lump all programs into one type, it must be said that there are as many differences between religious programs, and even between programs in the same denomination, as there are between religious and non-religious programs. Some programs focus on serving only church members, while others serve all families; some accept public subsidies, others do not; some receive considerable financial support from their churches, others do not. These programs also face some challenges, particularly the new National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards. Some denominations struggled with whether or not to continue in this system. While denominations are getting more organized internally, there is little inter-denomination communication. Hopefully, this report can start a conversation leading to some form of working together, as religious-affiliated programs (despite their significant differences) do have many basic challenges in common. (Contains 1 table.)
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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: United States