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History And Demographics, Program Differences, Impact Of The Preschool Experience, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Cultural Variations

Most children begin their formal schooling at the age of five or six. Many children, however, have experience with organized educational programs before that time. Indeed, these "preschool" programs are quite popular in today's society. This article briefly reviews the history of preschool programs in the United States, differences in the philosophies guiding such programs, their impact on children's development, cultural differences in preschool programs, and finally the movement toward inclusion of children with special needs in preschool.

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Social Issues ReferenceChild Development Reference - Vol 6