Recent Influences from Overseas (Twentieth Century) 567 579
Many methods and models from overseas have impacted programs for young children in the United States. Two of the major influences during the twentieth century have come from Israel and England. The kibbutz children’s houses in Israel and the open education model in England were studied intensely by professionals from the United States, who wrote about them in the literature and developed their own versions of the programs. This chapter will examine the two examples of overseas influences on early childhood education through a historical overview of each country, followed by a description of the educational program. Each section concludes with a discussion of the impact of the system on early education in the United States.