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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131888579
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/21/2006
  • Series: Teaching Strategies Series Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Gonzalez-Mena taught in the California university and community college systems for 35 years. She was on the full-time faculty at Napa Valley College in the Child and Family Studies Department for 15 years until her retirement. Janet started her early childhood career in a cooperative preschool as a parent volunteer back in 1966. She became a preschool teacher and taught in three types of programs including Head Start, a program for Spanish-speaking children and their families and a home-based preschool program. Later she became a director of child care programs and helped open several pilot projects including a therapeutic child care program and an infant-center.

Besides preschool, Janet’s special interests include working with parents, diversity, family child care, and infants. In the 1970’s she studied with Magda Gerber, an infant expert from Hungary. Recently she has studied at the Pikler Institute in Budapest where Magda came from. Janet has written 4 ECE textbooks, plus a book on diversity and 2 parenting books, including a humorous one that is called Dragon Mom. Presently Janet is involved in helping create a training project called “Strengthening Family and Professional Partnerships” with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2002 she co-authored Bridging Cultures in ECE, a training manual, also for WestEd. She has been on the faculty of WestEd’s Program for Infant-Toddler Care training of trainer institutes since 1991. Since 1998 she has been on the faculty of Beginning Together, another training of trainer institute for helping professionals learn to include children with special needs in early care and education programs.

Janet lives in a multicultural family in a state where there is no longer a majority culture. In California, everyone now is a minority. Janet earned a B.A. in English from University of California, Davis (1959) and a M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College (1976).

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Table of Contents

1 Advocacy : parents as advocates for their own children 1
2 Advocacy : parents becoming advocates for all children 3
3 Advocacy : parents concerned about school readiness 5
4 Antibias environment 8
5 Assessment 11
6 Attachment 14
7 Attitudes of professionals : examining and adjusting one's own 17
8 Authority : adult behaviors related to 20
9 Authority : teacher or parent - who has it when? 22
10 Behavior changes : talking with parents about 24
11 Care and education : the link 26
12 Care and education practices : when conflicts arise 30
13 Communication : nonverbal across cultures 32
14 Communication through writing 34
15 Community : creating a sense of 37
16 Community resources : referrals 40
17 Competition : parents and professionals 42
18 Conferences 44
19 Conferences : cross-cultural 47
20 Conflict management 49
21 Conversations : ongoing - with families 52
22 Culturally responsive care and education 54
23 Decision-making boards and councils : parents' roles in 56
24 Empowerment 58
25 Environments for communication 60
26 Family participation 62
27 Family support services 66
28 Fathers : focusing on 68
29 First meeting with families 71
30 Home visits 75
31 Immigrant families 78
32 Inclusion of families of children with special needs 81
33 Meetings 83
34 Parent complaints : working with 86
35 Parent education : a transformative approach 88
36 Parents in the center or classroom 91
37 Partnerships : building them with families 94
38 Separation : helping children and families 96
39 Special situations : divorce in the family 98
40 Special situations : families referred for abusing or neglecting their children 100
41 Special situations : grandparents as parents 102
42 Special situations : parents who appear hostile 103
43 Strengths : focus on 105
44 Talking with families when concerns arise 108
45 Transitions : helping parents help their child enter the program 110
46 Transitions : managing the end of the day 113
47 Transitions : moving on 116
48 Treating all families with respect : including same-sex parents 118
49 Understanding and appreciating differences 120
50 Working with families around what you believe are harmful practices 123
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