For courses in Parents/Home-School Relations in Early Childhood Education.
This text focuses on understanding different types of family structures, cross-cultural issues that teachers need to be aware of, and building strong family/school/community relationships. It is designed to be practical, useful, and informative for many different professionals who work with and are engaged in professional development and implementation with children and their families. Key changes to this edition include more guidelines and strategies for teachers; expanded content on working with children and families who are experiencing poverty, homelessness, and low socioeconomic status; and new case studies throughout. Secondary changes include Guiding Questions at the beginning of each chapter and a new Instructor's Manual and Test Bank.
PART I. Families and Schools in Contemporary Society
Chapter 1. The Parent-School Connection: Serving Families in a Contemporary Context
Chapter 2. A Mosaic of Parent Involvement Across Time: Historical and Current Perspectives
Chapter 3. Parent and Child Advocacy: The Role of the School and the Early Childhood Professional
PART II. Profiles of Individual Families in America
Chapter 4. Cross-Cultural Issues Involving Families and the Community
Chapter 5. Creating Community and School Linkages for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Chapter 6. Children of Divorced and Blended Families: Meeting the Needs of "New" Families
Chapter 7. "Born in Our Hearts"-Families of Adoption: Partnerships Across Schools, Families, and Worlds
Chapter 8. The Care and Education of Children Living in Families with Alternative Lifestyles
PART III. Effective Strategies for Parent Involvement and Assessment of Parent Involvement
Chapter 9. Strategies for Building Partnerships
Chapter 10. Assessing and Evaluating Parent-School Involvement: Issues and Strategies