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Dresden, Janna; Shetterley, Karen R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
High-quality family child care and school-age programs have characteristics to promote positive relationships among families and children that enhance children's development and family functioning, much like the thriving neighborhoods of previous generations. These characteristics include choice and variety, environments emphasizing safety and…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, After School Programs, Child Safety, Classroom Environment
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Stegelin, Dolores A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
A review of the literature on mixed-age settings reveals benefits in the areas of social and cognitive development. Research on the psychosocial advantages of mixed-age groupings is less consistent. Factors such as group size, age range, time together, and context-specific curriculum activities may have a relationship to the level of success and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Research
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Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Summarizes presentations given at a recent White House Conference which showed that early experiences, particularly in the first three years of life, have a dramatic impact on brain development. Includes presentations on such topics as parent education, brain functioning, quality caregiving and child care services, and early intervention programs.…
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Early Experience
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Clark, Roberta J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Reviews research on the use of play as a therapeutic technique. Discusses the purpose and use of play therapy in classrooms, types of play therapy techniques, and the value of collaboration between parents, teachers, and therapists. Recommends monitoring the play of traumatized children, noting that reenacting traumatic events is an essential part…
Descriptors: Catharsis, Coping, Play Therapy, Stress Management
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Wellhousen, Karyn; Franklin, Jamie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Reviews studies examining children's nurturing behaviors and suggests ways to encourage those behaviors in early childhood settings. Discusses age, gender, and cultural differences in the nurturing behavior of young children. Recommends that teachers expose children to positive role models and suggests several children's books with characters that…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Cultural Differences, Early Childhood Education, Interpersonal Competence
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Alliston, Donna; Grymes, Joanna M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Reviews current literature on mentor-program development and provides guidelines based on an Arkansas early-childhood-educator mentor program. Highlights areas of concern, including mentoring definition; effect of mentoring on mentor; communication and listening skills; characteristics and attitude of effective mentors; aiding mentors to insulate…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Mentors, Peer Relationship
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Jalongo, Mary Renck; Bauer, Karen; Conrad, Natalie K.; Cardy, Terri – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Examines issues related to a national system of public prekindergarten, including challenges confronting educators. Recommends broadening eligibility, encouraging collaboration among early childhood programs, strengthening family support and participation, implementing appropriate curricula and evaluation, and identifying teacher qualifications.…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Interprofessional Relationship, National Curriculum, National Programs
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Mayfield, Phyllis K.; Chapman, J. Keith – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Examines the effects of drug use during pregnancy on early and later child development, the extent of women's drug use, and behavioral and learning characteristics of children prenatally exposed to drugs. Provides intervention guidelines for early childhood settings including children with prenatal drug exposure, focusing on recommendations for…
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Programs