Preschool Education in America: The Culture of Young Children from the Colonial Era to the Present / Edition 1

Preschool Education in America: The Culture of Young Children from the Colonial Era to the Present / Edition 1

by Barbara Beatty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300072732

ISBN-13: 9780300072730

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

This comprehensive history describes policies and programs for the education of three-, four-, and five-year-olds in the United States from the colonial era to the present. It also traces efforts to make preschool education a part of the public school system and shows why these efforts have been rejected, despite increasing evidence that preschools are beneficial for…  See more details below

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This comprehensive history describes policies and programs for the education of three-, four-, and five-year-olds in the United States from the colonial era to the present. It also traces efforts to make preschool education a part of the public school system and shows why these efforts have been rejected, despite increasing evidence that preschools are beneficial for all young children.

Drawing on archival records, alumnae files, interviews, and many other sources, Barbara Beatty provides a portrait of preschool education that includes the experiences of children, parents, and teachers. She describes dame schools of the colonial period, the infant schools that were originally developed to instruct and provide day care for children of the poor, the private and public kindergartens of the mid-nineteenth century, nursery schools, and the various government programs for young children, including Head Start. Beatty concludes that for preschools to be universalized, there must be widespread acceptance of both young children's right to education and the intrinsic worth of preschools, as well as an understanding of the importance of early childhood education in our culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300072730
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
532,371
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1"The School of Infancy": European Origins of the American Preschool Movement1
2"Too Large an Undertaking for a Few Ladies": The Infant School and the Family School in America20
3"Come, Let Us Live with Our Children": Friedrich Froebel and the German Kindergarten Movement38
4"Paradise of Childhood": Early Private and Public Kindergartens in America52
5Educating "Other Peoples' Children": The Free Kindergarten Movement in America72
6"The Land of Childhood": The Establishment of Public Kindergartens in America101
7"A Place for Children in the Modern World": Private Nursery Schools in the 1910s and 1920s132
8Public Preschools169
Conclusion201
Notes209
Index245

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