ERIC Number: EJ1001806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Five-Star Schools: Defining Quality in Early Childhood Programs
Hertzog, Nancy B.
Parenting for High Potential, v2 n2 p12-15 Oct 2012
Hakeem, Emily, Jose, and Latisha are all entering preschool in the fall. Their mothers are looking for the highest quality early childhood program they can find. Is there a guide for them to find a five-star program? Are all certified or accredited programs of equal quality? How do these parents and guardians know what defines quality in early childhood education, and will high-quality programs be affordable to all of them? The federal government has defined quality through its funding of Early Learning Challenge Grants, a component of the Race to the Top federal funding program. This article will describe how the state of Washington is planning to use its award to comprehensively reform early childhood education. These initiatives have implications for the field of early childhood gifted education and may be useful to parents when they begin to choose an early childhood setting for their child.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Preschool Education, Young Children, Educational Quality, Parents, Parent Attitudes, Reputation, Accreditation (Institutions), Certification, Access to Information, Grants, Federal Government, Federal Aid, Resource Allocation, Educational Change
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nagc.org/php.aspx
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington