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Drawing from a broad-based review of relevant research and literature, this report outlines selected national, state, and local policy developments in 1991-92 related to the collaboration among family, school, and community. Specifically, the report examines policies related to interventions for infants and toddlers; family support; coordination of health and human services with education; parent choice of schools; school restructuring; and Chapter 1. The report also develops an evaluative framework which looks at policy developments in terms of seven criteria: flexibility, intensity, continuity, universality, participation, coordination, and comprehensiveness. It is concluded that many states have taken major initiatives in the 6 policy areas, but the activity across states is uneven. A total of 30 states report some specific policy action on family support, parent action, or coordination of health, education, and other human services. Efforts to coordinate Head Start with other education, health, and social services are underway at the federal level. The U.S. Department of Education has increased its advocacy of the new flexibility in Chapter 1, but state and local responses remain disappointing. There is increased interest in linking parent education and literacy with early childhood programs. Participation by families in policymaking has been broadened to include school level governance, program planning and evaluation, and state level councils for the coordination of services. (AC)

Descriptors: Community Programs, Cooperative Programs, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Evaluation Criteria, Family Programs, Federal Programs, Infants, Public Policy, School Choice, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring, State Programs, Toddlers

Autor: Palanki, Ameetha; And Others


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