Interest to engage older adults in early childhood education (ECE) programs is growing. Although still relatively new, intergenerational engagement is an innovative practice that could alter the way in which ECE is approached. This article explores intergenerational ECE programs and discusses the wide variety of benefits that intergenerational engagement brings to both children and older adults. This article examines existing intergenerational programs inside and outside of ECE to demonstrate how elements of those programs could inform intergenerational ECE programs. Drawing on lessons learned, we discuss challenges and present recommendations for development and implementation of future similar programs.

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Keywords children, Early childhood education (ECE), inclusion, intergenerational engagement
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/15350770.2019.1618777
Journal Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
Citation
McAlister, J. (Jennifer), Briner, E.L. (Esther L.), & Maggi, S. (2019). Intergenerational Programs in Early Childhood Education: An Innovative Approach that Highlights Inclusion and Engagement with Older Adults. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 17(4), 505–522. doi:10.1080/15350770.2019.1618777