ERIC Number: ED360093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Empowering At-Risk Families during the Early Childhood Years. NEA Early Childhood Education Series.
Swick, Kevin J.; Graves, Stephen B.
During the past 40 years, the rapid pace and complex nature of social change has created a stress-filled environment for families. New challenges such as AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), drug abuse, increasing crime, economic malaise, moral deterioration, and increases in mental health problems contribute to the increasing stress in families. Historically, our society has looked to the family and the school to deal with the dynamics of social change. However, families have not received needed support for effectively dealing with these changes, and schools still function within designs more suited to the past than to the present or the future. A new paradigm based on a family-school-community learning and support system is needed. The focus of this book is on strengthening the early childhood educator's position in creating supportive relationships with families, particularly with those who are in at-risk situations. The book's goal is to promote new ways of thinking about and relating to families, with the focus on strengthening families and family-school relationships. The book has five chapters: (1) "At-Risk Families: The Context"; (2) "Empowering At-Risk Families"; (3) "Understanding the Barriers to Empowerment"; (4) "Insights on Relating to the Needs of At-Risk Families"; and (5) "Supporting At-Risk Families." Contains 190 references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Disadvantaged, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Teachers, Empathy, Family Problems, Family School Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), High Risk Students, Parents, Preschool Teachers, Problem Solving, School Community Relationship, Social Support Groups, Special Needs Students, Stress Variables
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.