Early childhood programs operating within Seventh-day Adventist church or school settings have a very special role to play in the education and training of young children. The opportunity to care for another's child provides a sacred opportunity to build strong bonds of trust and confidence between teacher, child and parent. Adventist early childhood programs are community service efforts aimed at supporting the family and family structure while providing for the intellectual, physical and spiritual needs of each individual child. The goal of this study is to create a philosophical, educational and organizational model for Seventh-day Adventist early childhood programs that will lend itself to accountability procedures and increased credibility. In this way, Adventist programs will be able to operate in an efficient and effective manner, minister to the needs of the young families, provide evangelistic opportunities and avoid dependence upon external management or public funding options. Through the use of topical studies, personal observations, communications, and philosophical analysis, the model herein described is a well-researched and practical guide for Adventist early childhood programs, Seventh-day Adventist local and union conference offices of education, and the Seventh-day Adventist North American Division and General Conference offices of education.
|School:||La Sierra University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Early childhood education, Education philosophy|
|Keywords:||Adventist day care, Child care, Early childhood, Faith-based preschool, Seventh-day Adventist|
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