ERIC Number: ED434745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Family-Centered Child Care. Families Matter.
Lopez, M. Elena; Dorros, Sybilla
The Families Matter series of papers from the Harvard Family Research Project advances the concept of family-centered child care, advocating an approach to early childhood education that addresses the development of the child and family together. Grounded in family support principles, which build on family strengths and work from a community's culture and resources, family-centered child care incorporates positive attitudes about working with parents and practical activities to serve the family. Asserting that a key place to promote widespread use of family support principles and practices is through the child care training system, the papers that make up the series focus on how the child care field trains providers to include family support. This volume in the series describes the range of family support principles and practices of 11 child care programs. The programs, chosen through a nomination process, reflect the diversity of child care arrangements, including home-based services, center-based programs, and comprehensive early childhood programs. The report also examines the challenges in building positive relationships with families and the opportunities to improve program-family relationships through training and professional development. Based on the experiences of the programs, a training framework is proposed. The report concludes with recommendations for increased training in implementing family-centered approaches through expanded content and better integration with existing training institutions. Appendices present the data collection and analysis process of program profiles. Contains 64 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Parent Caregiver Relationship, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Training, Training Methods, Training Objectives
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Family Resource and Support Programs; Family Support; Program Characteristics
Note: Introduction by Heather Weiss. For related documents in the Families Matter series, see PS 027 943-950. Also supported by the Francis Families Foundation and the F.B. Heron Foundation.