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50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Janet Gonzalez-Mena

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 29, 2009

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A targeted text that offers practical strategies for partnering with families to support, enhance, and maximize the quality of care and education of young children.  The text offers ideas for creating the trust necessary for true collaboration between families and the early childhood professional, as well as developing  useful programs that include all families and individuals. 

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Welcoming Everybody

  1    Appreciating all Kinds of Families

  2    Working with Immigrant Families

  3    Including Families of Children with Special Needs

  4    Creating an Anti-bias Environment

  5    Respecting all Families including those with Same Sex Parents


SECTION 2 Partnerships with Families

  6    Building Partnerships

  7    RemovingBarriers to Partnerships

  8    Minimizing Competition with Parents

  9    Supporting Attachment

10    Considering Authority

11    Focusing on Family Strengths

12    Helping Parents to be Advocates for their Children

13    Encouraging Parents to Become Advocates for all Children

14   Creating a Sense of Community

SECTION 3 Honoring and Working with Diversity

15    Understanding and Appreciating Cultural Differences

16    Establishing Culturally Responsive Education and Care

17    Working with conflicts around Education and Care Practices

18    Considering Cultural Differences in Guidance and Discipline

19    Working with Families around what You Believe are Harmful Practices

20    Thinking about Differing Ideas Related to How Children Learn

21    Managing Conflicts


SECTION 4 Family Participation and Education

22    Considering Family Participation

23    Including Parents in the Classroom or Center

24    Focusing on Fathers

25    Taking a Transformative Approach to Parent Education

26    Working with Parents around Holiday Issues

27    Exploring Parents’ Role on Decision-Making Boards and Councils


SECTION 5 Communication

28    Creating Environments for Communication

29    Empowering Self and Others

30    Communicating through Writing

31    Holding Ongoing Conversations with Families

32    Looking at Nonverbal Communication across Cultures


SECTION 6 Meetings and Conferences 

33    Meeting Families for the First Time

34    Thinking about Meetings in General

35    Holding Conferences

36    Considering Cross Cultural Conferences

37    Talking with Families when Concerns Arise


SECTION 7 Working with Parents around Specific Issues

38    Helping the Child Enter the School or Program

39    Maintaining Home Language

40    Easing Children through Transitions

41    Bringing Nature into Children’s Lives

42    Addressing Obesity with Nutrition

43    Dealing with Media Issues

44    Maintaining Stability During Divorce

45    Coping with a Death in the Family

46    Finding Community Resources and making Referrals


SECTION 8 Challenging Conversations

47    Working with Parents who Constantly Complain

48    Working with Parents who Appear Hostile

49    Talking with Parents about Behavior Changes

50    Referring Families for Abuse or Neglect<




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$12.40 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-700232-0