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The missing support infrastructure in early childhood

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Early Childhood Research and Practice, Volume 2, Number 1
Gallagher, J. & Clifford, R.
Publication Date: 
1 Mar 2000

Excerpt from abstract:

Noting that current programs for young children outside the home lack a comprehensive infrastructure or support system to stand behind the delivery of services to the child and family, this paper proposes the development of a support infrastructure designed to provide continuing and effective assistance to those who work with young children.

The paper notes that a support system for early childhood services would include the following components:

(1) personnel preparation
(2) technical assistance
(3) applied research and program evaluation
(4) communication
(5) demonstration
(6) data systems
(7) comprehensive planning
(8) coordination of support elements