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

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Overview

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: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • 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 Movement 1
2 "Too Large an Undertaking for a Few Ladies": The Infant School and the Family School in America 20
3 "Come, Let Us Live with Our Children": Friedrich Froebel and the German Kindergarten Movement 38
4 "Paradise of Childhood": Early Private and Public Kindergartens in America 52
5 Educating "Other Peoples' Children": The Free Kindergarten Movement in America 72
6 "The Land of Childhood": The Establishment of Public Kindergartens in America 101
7 "A Place for Children in the Modern World": Private Nursery Schools in the 1910s and 1920s 132
8 Public Preschools 169
Conclusion 201
Notes 209
Index 245
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