FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITIES: TOGETHER FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 5th Edition, emphasizes the role of families and communities in children's education, and is geared to meeting national standards in teacher preparation programs. Content reflects current research and best practices in education. The first section, which presents a strong theoretical and research foundation, provides an understanding of family diversity and contemporary issues facing families with young children. This section also addresses the understanding of family systems, family stress, and the responsibilities of parenthood. The application section emphasizes skills and dispositions that pre-service and in-service teachers are expected to develop in relation to building partnerships. These skills include effective interpersonal communication, forming a family-based philosophy of education, parent and family life education topics and strategies, and community involvement. New content includes integration of current standards and a new video feature as well as expanded material on diversity, advocacy, technology, and strategies for dealing with parents.
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Table of Contents
Part I: UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES.
1. A Theory-Based Approach to Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education.
2. Understanding Family Diversity.
3. Developmental Issues in Families with Young Children.
4. Family Strengths, Family Functions, and Family Structure.
6. Family Stress.
PART II: PRACTICE.
7. A Family-Based Philosophy in Early Childhood Education.
8. Family-Staff Relationships.
9. Supporting Young Children's Learning at Home.
10. Parent Education and Family Life Education.
11. Early Childhood Educators in the Community.
Appendix A. Websites for Professional Development.
Appendix B. NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment.
Appendix C. National Academy of Early Childhood Programs Accreditation.
Appendix D. Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education.
Appendix E. Professional Preparation Excerpts from NAEYC Initial Licensing Standards for Early Childhood Teacher Certification.
Appendix F. NAEYC Position Statement on the Prevention of Child Abuse in Early Childhood Programs and the Responsibilities of Early Childhood Professionals to Prevent Child Abuse.