■ HOME, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS: A GUIDE TO WORKING WITH FAMILIES, 7th Edition, is a comprehensive textbook designed to meet the needs of future 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 beyond which teachers must work. 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. Special features of the text include opportunities for student reflection on attitudes and implications for working with families; Student Activities for Further Study, which are designed to provide interesting activities and questions to apply to chapter material; scenarios, dialogs, and examples to illustrate all key principles and discussions; and extensive end-of-chapter review material including case studies, review questions, suggestions for further reading, references, and helpful websites.
Section I: INTRODUCTION TO FAMILIES.
1. A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience.
2. Families Today.
Section II: TEACHER-FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS IN EARLY EDUCATION.
4. What Is Family Involvement?
5. Benefits of Teacher-Family Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers.
6. Potential Barriers to Teacher-Family Partnerships.
7. Foundations of a Successful Partnership.
Section III: METHODS FOR DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS.
8. At the Beginning with Parents and Children.
9. Informal Communication with Families.
10. Parent-Teacher Conferences.
11. Home Visits with Parents and Children.
12. Families in the Classroom.
13. Parent Education.
14. It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities.
Section IV: MAKING A PARTNERSHIP WORK.
15. Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds.
16. Working with Families in Particular Circumstances.
17. Working to Resolve Challenging Attitudes and Behaviors.