Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services seeks to promote the development of thoughtful, knowledgeable, effective educators for a diverse society. This online course provides conceptual frameworks for working with families of children from a variety of backgrounds. Course content places an emphasis on family-centered practices designed to help early childhood professionals involve and support families in the care and education of children. Family-centered services focus on the needs and welfare of children within the context of their families and communities. These services are accessible and individualized, and are available to families that may not initially seek services.
Course Objectives - After successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
- Working knowledge of the major frameworks for understanding about family systems, transitions, and diversity.
- Competence in communicating about the role of families in promoting optimal growth, development, and learning from pre-birth to age five.
- Ability to seek out appropriate local, regional and national resources when working with families facing special challenges (e.g. children who have teenaged or divorced parents, are newly immigrated, have experienced abuse/neglect and/or poverty, or have special needs).
- Skill in designing appropriate professional practices related to enhancing and assessing positive staff-parent communication and involvement.
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