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FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITIES: TOGETHER FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 4TH 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. Divided into two sections, this book provides an understanding of contemporary families, and the skills required to build relationships with families and the community. Content includes a chapter on fostering family involvement by addressing math, literacy, science, and social studies academic content areas. This chapter also contains specific ideas and strategies for increasing family involvement in the community and schools, and encourages learning at home. Information is also included about working with military families, addressing issues of childhood obesity, and teaching children about financial literacy and managing money. New content includes more historical information on the family, a feature highlighting specific ways to incorporate the family, and expanded information on family strengths and community development.
PART I: UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES. 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. PART II: PRACTICE. 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 Glossary. Index.