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Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education

Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism: A Reader


Edited By Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener and Gaile S. Cannella

Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education is a foundational text, which presents contemporary theories and debates about early education and child care in many nations. The authors selected are leading contributors in discussions about critical early childhood studies over the past twenty years; the editors are long-time scholars in the reconceptualizing early childhood movement. Audiences include students in graduate courses focused on early childhood and primary education, critical cultural studies of childhood, critical curriculum studies and critical theories that have been contested and debated and drawn from over the course of two decades.
The book is filled with recent scholarship by leading authors in the reconceptualization and rethinking of childhood studies and early childhood fields, who discuss foundational debates, new imaginaries in theory and practice and activist scholarship. A must-read for graduate students and professionals interested in beginning or continuing critical interrogations of current early childhood policy and reforms globally.
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Chapter Twenty-Four: [Im]possibilities of Reinvention of Palestinian Early Childhood Education



[Im]possibilities of Reinvention of Palestinian Early Childhood Education

Janette Habashi

Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been instrumental in spearheading the establishment and development of social welfare services, agriculture cooperatives, health provisions, as well as education and early childhood programs. Non-governmental organizations are the pulse of the community, as they tend to recognize community challenges prior to any governmental body. In fact, NGOs identify community needs and initiate services that form the collective narrative and shape the government’s response. Palestinian NGOs are fundamental to national ethos and their existence is considered a form of resistance to Israeli occupation as well as a sign of community resilience (Challand, 2009; Sullivan, 1996). The strength and the meaning of this relationship between Palestinian NGOs and the community facilitate the implementation of early childhood care and education, as opposed to formal educational programs in schools. It is in this spirit that the NGO A Child’s Cup Full (ACCF)1 is imagining and planning an early childhood education project in the Jenin area in the West Bank.

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