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Park, Boyoung – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
What are the characteristics of programs that have the greatest likelihood of success in promoting the development of very young children at risk? This brief review of research offers insights for policy makers and early childhood educators alike. The United States is fortunate to have well-designed early educational intervention programs that may…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, At Risk Persons, Early Intervention
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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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Starnes, Lisa B.; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses field trip preparation involving identifying places to visit, communicating with contacts at the sites, enlisting the help of parents, preparing parents, preparing students, and planning follow-up activities. (SW)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Enrichment Activities
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Parsons, Chris – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Suggests ways to encourage parents to participate in field trips. Notes how such participation enhances family involvement in early childhood programs and builds stronger parent-child relationships while creating an informal learning environment. (SW)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Family Relationship, Field Trips
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Dodd, Elizabeth L.; Brock, Dana R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Presents guidelines and ideas for school-home learning activities that can be used by teachers and administrators who work with at-risk children and their families to build partnerships between the home and school. Recommends that teachers and administrators listen to families, develop home-learning activities, share activities with families, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, Home Programs
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West, Lillie S.; Egley, Esther H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Describes how to incorporate environmental print materials into early childhood programs. Outlines strategies for using environmental print, such as personalized books, story walls, categorization games, and pretend play. Discusses reducing dependence on context cues and involving families with print activities. (KB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Learning Activities
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Richey, David Dean; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Offers practical advice for staff and families associated with integrated programs. Identifies potential sources of stress and discusses eight strategies toward successful inclusion involving systemic planning, suggested resources, and family participation. Suggests embedding intervention of individual goals and objectives in an activity-based…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Experience
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Mize, Jacquelyn; Abell, Ellen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Summarizes current theories about children's peer relationships and suggests practices recommended by teachers for parents concerned about their children's social development. Asserts that not having friends can be frustrating and painful for young children. Explores parental influences and gives steps parents can take to enhance children's social…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Friendship, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship
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Presler, Betty; Routt, Mary Lou – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Provides guidelines to prepare for and monitor successful inclusion programs for children who require individualized health-related intervention to enable participation in early childhood programs. The framework includes establishing standards for care that are comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered, culturally relevant, community-based, and…
Descriptors: Child Health, Chronic Illness, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Owens, Caroline V. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Notes that young children need to express joys and sadness; discusses candle ceremony designed for discussions of grief. Suggests teachers inform parents of the ceremony and solicit their help in preparing children, resolve not to try to solve all problems that may be discussed, inform children the moments are private, and plan for difficult…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Ceremonies, Classroom Techniques, Grief
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Graul, Susan K.; Zeece, Pauline Davey – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Describes the format of, and topics covered in, the Partners in Play training model, which is designed to enrich children's play in child care settings through the development of play training for parents and caregivers. Training focuses on techniques and strategies that help adults understand and facilitate play. (BB)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Holmes, Julia G. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Describes a project in a kindergarten classroom in which a professor, graduate assistant, the classroom teacher, and parents served as writing role models during the daily journal writing time. After 7 to 10 days of the project, children labeled their drawings, wrote about a variety of topics, copied adults' writing, experimented with print, and…
Descriptors: Beginning Writing, Early Childhood Education, Invented Spelling, Journal Writing
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Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Discusses problems concerning the involvement of teenage parents in their young children's education and development, and suggests ways in which early childhood teachers and caregivers can facilitate such parent involvement. Focuses specifically on the involvement of teenage fathers. (BB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Parenthood, Fathers, Guidelines
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Stamp, Laurie Nicholson; Groves, Melissa M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Illustrates how early childhood professionals can and do play an important role in providing secure and developmentally appropriate educational environments for young children by facilitating and improving teacher-family interactions. Provides strategies for improving family involvement. (BB)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Day Care, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education
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Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Discusses what schools, caregivers/teachers, parents, and communities can do to ensure/enhance children's learning and school readiness in accordance with the theoretical framework and eventual implementation of the 1990 National Education Goal 1. (BB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Community Services, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education
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