ERIC Number: ED317296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Promoting Mental Health: A Parent/Child Care Provider Partnership.
Sale, June Solnit
This document provides descriptions of simple intervention techniques that day care center staff can use to help working parents and support young children's mental health. Discussion begins with the proposition that when children let adults know through their behavior that they are troubled, the children deserve a joint effort of parents and teachers to help them understand and cope with their actions. Joint effort, however, is not always possible. Parent involvement on every level of child care programming is not easy, neat, or tidy. Working parents may have difficulty in maintaining a balance between work, home, and social life, and being good parents. Parents find help in a center where they are welcome. They also find opportunities for establishing extended family networks. A flexible staff can respect the wishes of the idiosyncratic family while maintaining the values to which the center is committed. Just as parents' values must be respected, so must those of the child care provider. If the values of most parents and staff are incompatible, the situation will work out poorly for everyone involved. Parent-teacher conferences, held at least every 4 months, offer good opportunities to learn what can be done by staff to improve the quality of life for the child in family and center settings. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual University of California National Conference on Preventive Psychiatry (Los Angeles, CA, November 13-14, 1988).