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ERIC Number: EJ877615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
What Should They Be Learning in Preschool? The Development of Preschool Content Standards in Hawai'i
Feeney, Stephanie; Moravcik, Eva
Educational Perspectives, v38 n1 p27-31 2005
In the past, early childhood programs provided either full day care for young children whose parents were employed, or part day enrichment experiences for families who did not need care for their children while they worked. Gradually these two strands (care and education) began to merge into the field which is now called childhood education and care (or early care and education). The realization that many children were entering kindergarten without the experiences they needed to be successful in school led to the creation of the Head Start program in 1964. This program, part of the War On Poverty, raised the question of the nature of appropriate learning experiences for young children who were at risk for school failure. Because of the current movement for educational accountability, interest in young children's learning has again become a national concern. Today the focus is on readiness--what young children need to know and be able to do to successfully negotiate school expectations. This new concern has led to the widespread development of early learning standards. In this article, the authors discuss the importance of appropriate early learning standards in promoting school readiness. They describe the development of these standards, define them, and describe work that has been done in Hawai'i on the development and implementation of standards for programs for four-year-olds. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
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