Thesis

The family nurturing center

This project is to describe an early childhood program, The Family Nurturing Center, which addresses comprehensively the two-fold task of early childhood education and family support. The contemporary family is facing circumstances and pressures of a kind which demand a response. The realities of life which the family encounters today are addressed first. Economic, familial, and sociological influences are presented. These interrelated factors generate unique pressures on the contemporary family. Existing family support programs also are discussed in their educational, psychosocial, and comprehensive support roles. The last section describes the proposed Family Nurturing Center. The goals of high-quality early childhood education and the promotion of healthy families are discussed. If implemented, this center offers the distinctive possibility for creating a comprehensive model for family growth which is needed today.

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