Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Poor and Vulnerable Children in Early Care and Education Programs.
Early Childhood Research & Practice 2010, Spring, 12, 1
Early Childhood Research & Practice
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Introduction Across the United States, policy makers and early childhood experts are focusing on implementing and evaluating a range of interventions designed to improve school readiness for young children living in poverty. Current strategies focus on the expansion and enhancement of state-funded preschool programs and of Head Start, the federally funded preschool program for children from low-income families. Efforts are also underway to improve the capacity of early care and education programs to promote optimal development for participating infants and toddlers through a wide variety of quality improvement initiatives. There is growing recognition that children who are especially vulnerable need additional interventions and support, including those that promote healthy social and emotional development and address mental health problems early in life (Knitzer & Lefkowitz, 2006).
- Category: Education
- Published: 22 March 2010
- Publisher: Clearinghouse on Early Education & Parenting
- Print Length: 31 Pages
- Language: English