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Spotlight on Young Children and Families / Edition 1

Spotlight on Young Children and Families / Edition 1

by Derry Koralek
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Families come in many forms, reflecting varied ethnicities, cultures, belief systems, and family structures. When educators acknowledge, respect, and value those differences, welcoming families as partners in their children’s learning and members of the classroom community, children are more likely to succeed—in early education and beyond.

In this collection of articles from Young Children and Beyond the Journal, the authors address topics such as sharing the care of infants and toddlers, conferencing with families, acknowledging culture and promoting inclusion, and helping families to support learning at home. The book includes a list of key resources as well as questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles.

This volume is part of NAEYC’s best-selling Spotlight series—great resources for the college classroom and for staff development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928896425
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Series: Naeyc
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 678,132
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.88(h) x (d)

About the Author

Derry Koralek, chief publishing officer of NAEYC, oversees the development of all print and digital publishing, including books, brochures, periodicals, professional development guides, posters, and websites for educators and families. Derry is editor in chief of Young Children and TYC—Teaching Young Children.

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FAMILIES COME IN MANY FORMS, from a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and belief systems. In some families, parents are the primary caregivers; in others, grandparents or guardians. All families want to help their children succeed. Some seem to know what to do naturally, while others appreciate some guidance. Each family has unique insight into their own child.
Family involvement is critical to the success of young children in early learning environments and beyond. Only when teachers and administrators welcome, respect, and value family partnerships do parents feel supported. Families then become more comfortable and confident with their chosen early childhood setting and their children are more likely to do well.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Ruth Ann Halacka Ball
Understanding Families: Applying Family Systems Theory to Early Childhood Practice/ Linda Garris Christian
Partnerships for Learning: Conferencing with Families/ Holly Seplocha
Sharing the Care of Infants and Toddlers/ Amy Laura Dombro and Claire Lerner
Mapping Family Resources and Support/ Tess Bennett
Creating Safe, Just Places to Learn for Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents/ James W. Clay
A Team Approach: Supporting Families of Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Programs/ Louise A. Kaczmarek
Closing the Gap: Culture and the Promotion of Inclusion in Child Care/ Jennifer Bradley and Peris Kibera
Reading Their Worlds: Working with Diverse Families to Enhance Children’s Early Literacy Development/ Rosario Ordoñez-Jasis and Robert W. Ortiz
Leave No Parent Behind: Three Proven Strategies
Leaps and Bounds: Preparing Parents for Kindergarten/ Michelle Rhodes, Billie Enz, and Marilyn LaCount
Home Connections to Learning: Supporting Parents as Teachers/ Yvette Mass and Kathleen Ann Cohan
Virtual Pre-K: Connecting Home, School, and Community/ Alicia Narvaez, Jessica Feldman, and Christopher Theriot
Family Involvement in an International School: Piloting a Parent-Teacher Reading Group/ Gail Wentworth
Resources for Supporting and Involving Families in Meaningful Ways
Reflecting, Discussing, Exploring: Questions and Follow- Up Activities/ Susan Friedman

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