Putting Children First

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-06-01
  • Publisher: Brookes Pub

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How can a country so rich in resources be so neglectful in providing a secure and healthy future for all children? What can be done to ensure that all young children grow, learn, and develop to their potential?
Tackling these vital questions, this innovative book seeks to move the fields of early childhood education, early intervention, and mental health toward a more proactive, partnership-based model for ensuring maximum opportunity for all young children and their families. Thoroughly researched chapters represent a broad range of critical issues related to early care and education including child care, inclusive education, and collaborative approaches. Chapters are complemented by frank and compelling essays written by parents as well as by powerful contributions by leaders in the field.
A valuable resource, this book provides a wealth of practical and meaningful advice on how to provide effective early intervention for children - with and without disabilities - who have been exposed to abuse and neglect; community and family violence; exclusion on the basis of race, ethnicity, or disability; health-related education problems; substance abuse; and poverty.
Written with rather than for families, this timely volume is essential as a textbook for students from a variety of disciplines who plan to work with young children and their families in various community-based settings. As an in-service handbook, this volume furnishes the tools needed to make a meaningful difference in the lives - and the futures - of all children.

Table of Contents

About the Editor
About the Contributors
Introduction: Reenvisioning the 21st Century for Children and Families: The Struggle for Access, Participation, and Belongingp. 1
History of the Development of Social Policies Affecting Young Childrenp. 7
Our Children Are Getting the Wrong Messagep. 29
Growing Up in a Violent World: The Impact of Family and Community Violence on Young Children and Their Familiesp. 31
Because I Love My Childrenp. 53
Poverty in the Lives of Young Children: Multifaceted Problem, Single-Focus Policiesp. 55
Rita's Storyp. 77
The Impact of Maternal Substance Abuse on Young Children: Myths and Realitiesp. 79
Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Illness: One Family's Journeyp. 105
Unsuspected Environmental Causes of Health and Education Problemsp. 109
What Would an Ideal World Look Like for Young Children and Their Families?p. 133
Creating an Ideal World for Childrenp. 135
Everything I Have Learned About Education, I Learned Through My Sonp. 139
The Paradox of Diversity in Early Care and Educationp. 143
A Mother's Search for Child Carep. 169
The Complexities of Child Carep. 173
Inclusion and Opportunityp. 197
The Promise and Challenge of Supporting All Children in Natural Environmentsp. 199
We All Work Together as a Teamp. 225
Partnerships for Collaboration: Building Bridges in Early Care and Educationp. 227
Families, Child Care, and Caringp. 255
All Children Must Know and Learn from One Anotherp. 257
The 21st Century for Young Children with Disabilities and Their Familiesp. 261
A Quality Early Childhood Service Delivery System for the 21st Centuryp. 265
Indexp. 271
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