Schools Of The 21st Century

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Overview


The nation is abuzz with consideration of prekindergarten programs for all children. To better understand the issues involved, funding and staffing considerations as well as policy option, this book is a must read. In this timely book, Matia Finn-Stevenson and Edward Zigler argue that the federal government alone cannot address the need for child care and family support services that, like education, should be addressed locally. The authors use their Schools of the 21st Century (21C) program as an example of how schools can provide child care, outreach services, home visitations, and health and nutrition services—in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic.Conceptualized in 1987 in response to the child care crisis in this country, 21C has been implemented in over 600 schools in seventeen states. However, schools’ involvement with increasingly younger children is not without controversy. The authors also address questions regarding evaluation and effective implementation and scale-up strategies, and consider what changes in teacher training programs should occur to prepare teachers for working in schools of the twenty-first century; what provisions should be made to accommodate for the need to staff schools with personnel trained in early child development; and what changes need to be made in the financial structures of schools to accommodate child care and support services.Whereas Part Two of the book discusses the authors’ Schools of the 21st Century program in considerable detail, Parts One and Three address a broader range of issues concerning the effects that prekindergarten education has on later school success and the various policy and conceptual approaches that have been tried, both nationally and internationally. Finn-Stevenson and Zigler also critically review the research on the effects of child care on children and other school reform initiatives that have been implemented in schools.Schools of the 21st Century is an engaging discussion about the new roles schools are taking and how they are expanding their traditional mission.
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Argues that the federal government alone cannot address the need for childcare and family support services that, like education, should be addressed locally. Presents the Schools of the 21st Century program as an example of how schools can provide child care outreach services, home visitations, and health and nutrition services, in addition to education. Finn-Stevenson is director of the School of the 21st Century program, and associated director of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. Zigler is director of the Bush Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813322476
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Renewing American Schools Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Matia Finn-Stevenson, a research scientist at Yale, is director of the School of the 21st Century and associate director of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, where Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, is director. Zigler and Finn-Stevenson also coauthored Children in a Changing World: Development and Social Issues (1993). Matia Finn-Stevenson, a research scientist at Yale, is director of the School of the 21st Century and associate director of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, where Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, is director. Zigler and Finn-Stevenson also coauthored Children in a Changing World: Development and Social Issues (1993).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
1 The Realities of Family Life 1
Changes in Family Life 2
Public Response to Changes in Family Life 17
2 Remaking Schools to Fit Families' Needs 23
Schools Reaching Out 24
The School of the 21st Century 33
3 Linking Child Care and Education: The Research Base 41
The Role of the Environment 41
Research on the Effects of Child Care 49
The Quality-Availability-Affordability of Care 59
4 Schools' Role in the Provision of Nonacademic Support Services: The Debate 61
Concerns 61
Advantages in the Use of the School 71
5 Implementation 77
Setting the Stage 77
Starting Implementation 85
Challenges and Opportunities 92
Widespread Implementation 97
6 Program Funding 103
Funding and Financing of the Human Services System 103
Our Response: The School of the 21st Century 108
Discussion of the Financing Plan 121
7 Evaluation 127
Potential Program Effects: What We Know from the Research 127
Evaluating School-Based Programs 133
Getting Started 143
Using the Evaluation 150
8 What's Ahead 151
Strategies for National Dissemination 152
Changing Our Conception of the School 156
Policy Implications 162
References 169
Index 191
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