1st Edition

Early Child Care The New Perspectives

By Reginald S. Lourie Copyright 1968
    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    395 Pages
    by Routledge

    Early Child Care is about the very young child--infant, toddler, and early preschool--in today's world. It grew out of a series of conferences sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Children's Hospital of Washington, D.C., and the Committee on Day Care of the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Each of the sponsoring agencies represents a focal point for pressures from groups concerned with improving the care of the young child. Faced with common concern, the three sponsoring agencies brought together a number of experts in the field to pool information and experience and to review research findings as a basis for sound planning for children less than three years of age.

    The authors included in Early Child Care are pioneers in the true sense of the word.. Until recently, no one has tried to specify exactly what goes on between mother and her baby, who does what to whom in the exchange, and what happens if, instead of one mother, there is no mother, an alternating day and night mother, or many different substitutes for the mother. Until all that transpires between the mother and her baby in the best of circumstances is comprehended in sufficient detail that it can be confidently reproduced, it is impossible to make alternative plans. Early Child Care is an effort to identify what is known about young children and apply it to day-by-day programming.

    Millions of mothers give their babies a good start, providing devoted and painstaking care. Such mothers somehow know when a child needs to be let alone--and when to respond. This volume attempts to define how such instincts can be reproduced in other settings.

    I: A New Look at the Young Child: Development and Individuality; 1: Conceptualizing the Early Environment; 2: The First Year of Life: The Infant; 3: Development During the Second Year: The One-Year-Old; 4: The Third Year of Life: The Two-Year-Old; 5: Individualization of Child Care and Its Relation to Environment; part II Translating Child Care Goals into Procedural Terms; 6: Assessment of Infants and Young Children; 7: The Role of Stimulation in Models for Child Development; 8: On Designing the Functional Environment of the Child to Facilitate Behavioral Development; part III Contemporary Programs and Strategics; 9: Poor Families and Their Patterns of Child Care: Some Implications For Service Programs; 10: Group Care of Infants in Other Countries; part IV New Research in the Prevention of Culturally Determined Retardation; 11: The Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C.; 12: The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center; 13: The Yale Child Study Center Project; 14: The Children's Center in Syracuse, New York; Epilogue Implications for Future Planning


    Stuart Piggott