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This practical text is designed to meet the needs of administrators, as well as current and practicing teachers across all grade levels who are trying to create effective partnerships with families. It provides an overview of modern families and their complex roles, to sensitize teachers to the diversity and needs of families they will encounter. The text fully discusses both the benefits of creating productive partnerships and the barriers that teachers must work beyond. Practical and effective communication strategies are described, with abundant examples. Emphasis is placed on current developments in the field of early childhood education, legislative mandates in education, and position statements from professional organizations. A discussion of No Child Left Behind and updated NAEYC Code of Ethics accreditation standards for programs and for teacher education supports this emphasis.
Table of Contents
Introduction To Families
A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience
Teacher-Family Partnerships In Early Education
What Is Family Involvement?
Benefits of Teacher-Family Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers
Potential Barriers to Teacher-Family Partnerships
Foundations of a Successful Partnership
Methods For Developing Partnerships
At the Beginning with Parents and Children
Informal Communication with Families
Home Visits with Parents and Children
Families in the Classroom
It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities
Making A Partnership Work
Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds
Working with Families in Particular Circumstances
Working to Resolve Challenging Attitudes and Behaviors
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