Early childhood education and intervention: Establishing an American tradition

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Abstract

Traces the influence of recent social, political, and economic forces on the evolution of American early childhood education. Since the learning experiences of young children affect development in major domains of their behavior, it is no surprise that contemporary early education practices have been shaped by the knowledge base of developmental psychology. Project Head Start, a massive federal social experiment, is represented as a fertile spawning ground for alternative models of early intervention, psychoeducational remediation, and preschool education. Psychologists are urged to continue their participation in the early education enterprise. The author shares some reflections that might give direction to these efforts. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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