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.
Table of Contents
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.