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Family & Community Involvement In Early Childhood Education

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This course focuses on family and community involvement in early childhood education. Participants examine strategies for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with culturally diverse families and communities. Effective communication, engagement, and school partnerships are also explored.

This graduate-level course is 6 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Supporting Families of Children with Special Needs

    • Define individualized education plan (IEP), least restrictive environment (LRE), and inclusion.
    • Create effective strategies to build relationships with families of children with special needs.
    • Examine historical events and legislation in education in regards to children with special needs.
    • Investigate resources that help families of children with special needs, including disabilities and giftedness.


    • All objectives apply.

    Historical Foundations of Family Involvement & Engagement

    • Identify theoretical models that have impacted perceptions and ideas about young children, education, and families.
    • Compare how the roles of parents, community, and government have historically changed in early childhood education.
    • Describe the impact of the historical evolution of perceptions and views of family involvement on early childhood education.

    Embracing Family Diversity

    • Explain the term family.
    • Identify current social issues that affect families today.
    • Discuss strategies for working with children and families with diverse sociocultural backgrounds.
    • Evaluate the impact of the evolution of family structures on early childhood education.

    Establishing Collaborative Relationships with Parents

    • Discuss characteristics of effective collaboration.
    • Explore ways to foster collaboration and family involvement at various levels.
    • Identify approaches to promote school-home connections.
    • Devise a plan to communicate school-related activities and children’s progress.

    Community Involvement in Early Childhood Education

    • Discuss levels of involvement and collaboration by adults in the community.
    • Identify ways to grow partnerships in the community.
    • Explore common elements in school partnerships.
    • Analyze school activities and resources that build collaboration and community in the classroom.
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