Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Successes and Challenges of an Early Childhood Program Serving Children in Exceptional Circumstances: A Qualitative Case Study with Teachers, Administrators, and Parents
by Acosta, Ana Gabriela, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 198; 10977969
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this case study was to explore the successes and challenges faced by a private, faith-based preschool in Los Angeles County in providing quality care and education to homeless children and their families. The study included interviews with parents, teachers, and administrator/staff to gather their perspectives as well as examined program structure through field observations and analysis of relevant documents. The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s quality standards were used to examine the quality of the program. Findings showed that the relationships among all stakeholders involved in the preschool program were crucial to the success of this preschool. The study’s findings highlighted some challenges in the following areas: support for teachers, sustained teacher training and development, strong administrative program structure, and funding. The findings bear important implications, both at the program and policy-level, for early childhood education programs serving children in exceptional circumstances, and specifically homeless children and their families.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pattnaik, Jyotsna
Commitee: Ann, Shuhua, Rafanello, Donna
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Education, Teacher
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational administration, Early childhood education
Keywords: Child homelessness, Early childhood education, Early intervention, Preschool programs, Program administration, Quality education
Publication Number: 10977969
ISBN: 9781392073766
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