Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe today formed a Task Force on Early Childhood Education Programs and named Barbara Fridy Scott, a consultant who has served as the early childhood supervisor for the Newark school district, to be its chair.
"We are fortunate that so many experts in the field of early childhood education have volunteered their services," said Hespe. "I am especially pleased that Barbara Fridy Scott has agreed to lead this effort.
"I am confident that the task force will be of tremendous assistance in developing an enriching educational program for our preschool programs in the Abbott districts," the commissioner added.
The task force is expected to begin its work this month and forward its recommendations to the Department of Education for implementation by the commencement of the 2000-2001 school year in all preschool programs. It will develop guiding principles and performance standards and expectations to ensure high quality early childhood programs.
"These expectations will be used to assure preschool children enter kindergarten ready to learn," noted Margretta Reid Fairweather, Assistant Commissioner for Early Childhood Education. "We want to be sure preschools offer developmentally appropriate educational experiences that will prepare children to achieve the core curriculum content standards in the early grades."
Hespe said the members will bring a wide range of experience to the task force's deliberations. Members were drawn from all areas of the state and have a variety of backgrounds. Following is a list of participants:
Other members are expected to be named to the task force in the near future.