1st Edition

Educating Young Children in WPA Nursery Schools Federally-Funded Early Childhood Education from 1933-1943

By Molly Arboleda Copyright 2019
    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Educating Young Children in WPA Nursery Schools, the first full-length national study of the WPA nursery school program, helps to explain why universal preschool remains an elusive goal. This book argues that program success in operating nursery schools throughout the United States during the Great Depression was an important New Deal achievement. By highlighting the program’s strengths—its ideals, its curriculum, and its community outreach—the author offers a blueprint for creating a universal preschool program that benefits both children and their families. This volume uncovers the forgotten perspective of WPA nursery school leaders and highlights the program’s innovative curriculum for young children by incorporating both extensive archival research and neglected sources.


    Chapter One, "WPA Nursery Schools as Educational Reform"

    Chapter Two, "American Modernism and the WPA Nursery School Curriculum"

    Chapter Three, "The WPA Nursery School and the Community"

    Chapter Four, "In Time of War"

    Chapter Five, "Buried Treasure"



    Molly Quest Arboleda received a Ph.D. in History from Claremont Graduate University, USA.