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Family & Community Involvement in Childhood Education - Chapter Summary
This chapter closely examines the roles of family and the local community in childhood education and how educators can create relationships and partnerships to enhance student learning. Lessons in this chapter are fun to review and accompanied by short quizzes that can assess your understanding of their contents. A practice exam is also available to check your knowledge of this chapter. Navigate the lessons at your own pace. In no time, you will be able to:
- Define and explain parent-child relationships
- Share advantages and disadvantages of the nuclear family
- Describe the structure of the extended family
- Detail the history of and facts about foster care
- Explain how early childhood adoption can impact family and education
- Discuss the impact of teen parenting on a child's education
- List issues that can arise from changing family patterns
- Identify and describe social issues that have an impact on development in early childhood
- Examine ways to communicate effectively with students' families
- Explain the importance of family involvement in school activities
- Provide ways to promote community involvement in schools
- Discuss ways to create partnerships with the local community
1. Parent-Child Relationships: Definition & Explanation
The parent-child relationship is often considered to be the most enduring and significant relationship in one's life. This lesson will explain the different types of parent-child relationships and how they impact development. The lesson will end with a brief quiz to test your knowledge.
2. Nuclear Family: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages
There are many types of families in the world. A common one is the nuclear family. Explore what it means to belong to a nuclear family system. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to this particular family structure.
3. Extended Family: Definition & Structure
Over 16% of the U.S. population lives in an extended family. In this lesson, we'll explore the structure, advantages and disadvantages associated with the extended family system.
4. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options
Although traditional families once dominated many neighborhoods, today, there are lots of ways to form a family beyond the traditional idea of a married mother and father raising children.
5. What Is Foster Care? - Definition, History & Facts
In this lesson, foster care will be defined, explained and discussed. The history of foster care and some facts about the foster care system will also be explored and identified.
6. Early Childhood Adoption: Impact on Family & Education
The word adoption conjures thoughts of smiling children and adoptive parents. This lesson looks behind the smiles at the impact of early childhood adoption on families and education.
7. Impact of Teen Parenting on a Child's Education
Children are disadvantaged in many ways when they are parented by teens. This lesson reviews ways in which a child's education is negatively impacted by teen parents and ways to counter this disadvantage.
8. Issues with Changing Family Patterns
Families have changed a great deal over time. In this lesson, we'll look at dual career, single parent, and blended families. We'll consider the unique issues each can present.
9. Social Issues that Impact Early Childhood Development
Young children are growing and changing every day as part of early childhood development. But what happens when issues get in the way of development? Watch this video for more information on how divorce and parental substance abuse can affect children.
10. Communicating Effectively with Students' Families
Parents are essential partners in educating children. How can teachers build meaningful relationships with them to ensure effective communication? This lesson gives strategies to make parents part of the educational team.
11. The Importance of Family Involvement in School Activities
With everyone's busy schedules, involving families in school activities can often be a challenge. However, with the effort comes a host of benefits. This lesson details several of those benefits that come with family involvement.
12. Promoting Community Involvement in Schools
School districts are often at the physical center of their neighborhoods. Parents expect their schools to educate and care for their children, while offering the best of where they live, so it's a perfect marriage when the extended community is involved in the life and needs of the school.
13. How to Create Partnerships with the Local Community
One of the most useful things that a school can do is build partnerships within the community. In this lesson, we look at how to build those partnerships with businesses and nonprofits.
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Other chapters within the Education 106: Introduction to Early Childhood Education course
- History & Theories of Early Childhood Education
- Typical & Atypical Early Childhood Development
- Programs & Curriculum for Early Childhood Education
- Social & Cognitive Development in Infants & Toddlers
- Early Childhood Education for Preschool & Kindergarten
- Instructional Strategies for Early Childhood Education
- Student Diversity & Equality
- Student Assessment & Developmentally Appropriate Practices
- Professional Development & Organizations in Early Childhood Education
- Studying for Education 106