Higher Education

Families, Schools and Communities: Together for Young Children, 5th Edition

  • Donna Couchenour Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Kent Chrisman Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • ISBN-10: 1133938949  |  ISBN-13: 9781133938941
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
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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. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • Helpful content includes a historical perspective on family and parent involvement in education, information on the theories related to community development, discussion of recognizing family strengths, and information about military families, childhood obesity, and financial literacy.
  • "Theory into Practice Suggestions" (TIPS) throughout the text highlight additional information on ways to involve families in children's education.
  • A four-color design helps to organize the information more clearly for students.
  • The text meets national standards for teacher preparation programs, and reflects current best practices in education. Current information regarding diversity and contemporary issues facing families is supported by a strong theoretical and research foundation.
  • The formation of partnerships with school-friendly families and communities is stressed throughout, and supported by effective ideas and strategies for increasing family involvement in the community and schools.
  • The application section emphasizes real life skills that teachers need to build solid relationships and partnerships within the community. Content on school subjects (e.g., math, literacy, science, social studies) is included to encourage family involvement in these areas and increase the likelihood of children's school success. The authors also include practical applications to early childhood special education and early intervention settings.

Table of Contents

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.
5. Parenting.
6. Family Stress.
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.
Case Studies.
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.

What's New

  • An expanded and improved chapter on diversity ensures that you and your students get the latest and most up-to-date information on diversity's ever-changing role in the classroom.
  • A new "Diversity in Practice" feature helps you relate diversity to the central concepts being discussed in the book.
  • More information on advocacy includes specific tips and stories to help your students learn about the topic in a unique, easy-to-read way.
  • New and expanded coverage of the modern day implications of technology throughout the book helps your students adapt to the changing role of technology in the classroom.
  • New and expanded strategies for dealing with parents help to prepare your students for the vital educational partnership of parents and teachers.
  • New case studies, observations, and class activities help your students map out strategies for their future classrooms.
  • A new video feature is integrated into the text, with reflection questions, to further illustrate key concepts. Videos, which provide your students with an accurate picture of actual teaching situations and challenges, are available for viewing at Education CourseMate, the book's website.
  • New and improved coverage of NAEYC and DAP standards includes callouts to help students identify where key standards are addressed in the text. A new standards correlation chart provides a convenient reference guide to in-text coverage.
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Efficacy and Outcomes


"The book aligns well with the topics in our course. It continues to integrate theory with content providing a strong rationale and foundational base. It includes standards and discusses the role/responsibility of teachers in the partnership with parents. A solid text for our course."

— Cyndi Syskowski, Community College of Allegheny County

"It has a strong theoretical foundation and [is] rooted in NAEYC standards. The text delivers appropriate skills and knowledge regarding working with families and communities. There are many resources and supplements to aid you in your instruction."

— Michelle Beedle, Rasmussen College


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Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285081277 | ISBN-13: 9781285081274)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Donna Couchenour

Donna Couchenour is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Teacher Education Department at Shippensburg University. A member of the NAEYC Professional Development Panel, she received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Ohio State.

Kent Chrisman

Kent Chrisman is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Teacher Education Department at Shippensburg University. He received his Ed.D. in Educational Supervision at the University of Louisville, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Early Care and Education State Advisory Committee as well as the Pennsylvania TEACH Advisory Board.