At the administrative level, greater alignment between the teaching environments and approaches used in early years services and schools can be promoted through the administrative integration of early years services into the education system Neuman, ; this has recently occurred in Victoria with the merging of early childhood and education sectors into a single government department. Transition strategies may not be enough, and the links between early years services and schools need to be strengthened in more substantive ways Emig et al, ; Gonzalez, ; Shore, In Australia and overseas, a number of models have been trialled to strengthen the link between schools, early years services and local communities.
Other models have been developed to create school environments that are more supportive and inclusive of families, provide a wider range of family and community services, and establish stronger links with other relevant child and family services Zigler et al, The implications for policy and programs are clear. First, ways to ensure early childhood and school curricula and teaching strategies are brought into greater alignment should be explored.
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This may include developing common curriculum frameworks, strengthening administrative links, and co-teaching arrangements. Integrated programs that share staff, curricula and premises should be developed and evaluated, and should be supported by policy and funding at all levels of government. Adelman, H and Taylor, L New directions for school and community initiatives to address barriers to learning: two examples of concept papers to inform and guide policy makers.
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Developmental Psychology , 41 6 , Australian Journal of Early Childhood , 28 2 , Popular Features. New Releases. Description The global food, fuel, and financial crises have given new prominence to school feeding as a potential safety net and as a social support measure that helps keep children in school. It examines the evidence base for school feeding programs with the objective of better understanding how to develop and implement effective school feeding programs in two contexts: as a productive safety net that is part of the response to the social shocks of the global crises and as a fiscally sustainable investment in human capital, as part of long-term global efforts to achieve Education for All and to provide social protection to the poor.
School feeding programs provide an explicit or implicit transfer to households and can increase school attendance, cognition, and educational achievement, particularly if supported by complementary actions such as deworming and food fortification.
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When combined with local purchases of food, school feeding can potentially be a force multiplier, benefiting both children and the local economy. Today, every country for which we have information is seeking to provide food, in some way and at some scale, to its schoolchildren. Coverage is most complete in high- and middle-income countries--indeed it seems that most countries that can afford to provide food for their school children do so. But where the need is greatest, in terms of hunger, poverty, and poor social indicators, the programs tend to be the smallest, though usually targeted to the most food insecure regions.
These programs are also those most reliant on external support, and WFP supports nearly all of them. So the key issue today is not whether countries will implement school feeding programs, but how and with what objective.
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The near universality of school feeding provides important opportunities for WFP, the World Bank, and other development partners to assist governments in rolling-out productive safety nets as part of the response to the current global crises and to sow the seeds for school feeding programs to transition into fiscally sustainable investments in human capital in the future. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions Other books in this series. Add to basket. Rethinking School Feeding Donald Bundy.
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