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Community and Family Engagement




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships among families, early childhood learning environments, and communities to support student development and achievement. Candidates explore and discuss issues related to family diversity, relationship building, and community involvement. Emphasis will be placed on creating positive family and community engagement as well as strengthening the connection between home and school. This course is not available for students residing Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming  and individuals who live outside the United States are not eligible to enroll in this course.



What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Compare and contrast family structures based on the home environments of different children.
  • Analyze various social and economic conditions that impact family life.
  • Summarize the implications of socioeconomic status in education.
  • Define the changing roles of family members from one generation to another.

Week 2

  • Compare and contrast the changes of child care needs in the past versus current day.
  • Define the factors associated with quality child care.
  • Identify how licensing regulations and policy development affect the quality of available child care.

Week 3

  • Compare and contrast the characteristics and purposes of an Individualized Family Serice Plan (IFSP) and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Discuss various ways having a child with disabilities affects a family.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of inclusion for an exceptional child.

Week 4

  • Identify how families promote literacy skills for young children.
  • Summarize how parental influence affects how children embrace education.
  • Identify the benefits of mentoring in helping young children learn and develop a positive self-concept.

Week 5

  • Define various approaches that foster positive communication between home and school.
  • Identify activities that engage families and improve student learning.
  • Identify factors that promote and sustain positive home, school, and community partnerships.


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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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