A Hypothetical Account and Research Review
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This monograph represents an attempt to consider the growing body of research on child care quality in a new light. Over the past decade, early childhood educators and researchers have begun to identify a number of characteristics that most would argue are essential in providing quality out-of-home care for young children. Some researchers have focused on the relative salience of a particular aspect of care as an indicator of quality; important factors include adult-child ratio, group size or caregiver training. Usually, the quality of adult-child social or verbal behavior is the measure...
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The changing conditions of children in California will necessitate significant increases in public expenditures. For example, the annual enrollment growth in schools alone will increase education expenditures by about 3 percent. Many of these additional children will require special services due to recent immigration, working parents, poverty, or family disorganization. Great strain will be placed on county and school district resources in order to keep pace with growth and tailor programs to the particular circumstances of various localities. The current system for financing children's...
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This report is an attempt lo assemble a set of social indicators that suggest an overall portrait of the quality of California's children. It synthesizes material not readily available to policy­ makers; points out gaps In available data; and where appropriate, offers limited policy recommendations. Data are included on physical and mental health, physical safely, sexual behavior, and academic achievement. Because children are largely dependent upon settings and services controlled by adults, the report also attempts to evaluate the conditions of the settings in which children develop—families...
A Preschool Through High School Concern
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Americans generally hold the belief that success comes through education. And in many fields, the years of schooling required for employment have risen dramatically. Despite this emphasis on education, however, thousands of students continue to drop out. Understanding why students drop out is important in developing effective dropout prevention strategies. But by focusing on the specific act of dropping out and emphasizing associated consequences, educators have often neglected the search for earlier clues. As students progress through the grades, their experiences shape their thinking about...
A Report on Implementation
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Many students continue to be in need of guidance, and students themselves have expressed a desire for assistance. Comprehensive school guidance programs attempt to address a range of student needs on personal, social, career, and academic dimensions. Many guidance and counseling programs, however, have suffered cutbacks in recent years. SB 813 provided $20 per tenth grade student for academic counseling. This portion of the legislation was included as a checkpoint for assessing students' progress toward graduation and broadening their educational and career options. This counseling program is...