ERIC Number: ED395664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Continuity in Early Childhood: A Framework for Home, School, and Community Linkages.
Regional Educational Laboratories Early Childhood Collaboration Network.
This guide presents a framework that identifies what a home, school, and community partnership can do to help families thrive as they experience change and their young children grow. The guide explains how connections among home, school, and community enable families to move from setting to setting with ease and build on their previous experience. The guide defines the goal of continuity: for families to be able to shape and choose appropriate services for themselves and for their young children so that they will then be able to move forward with confidence and hope. The framework for early childhood continuity presented in this guide keeps the whole child in focus, genuinely involves the family, and emphasizes both the horizontal and vertical aspects of continuity. The framework consists of the following eight elements: (1) families as partners; (2) shared leadership; (3) comprehensive and responsive services; (4) culture and home language; (5) communication; (6) knowledge and skill development; (7) appropriate care and education; (8) evaluation of partnership success. Each element is introduced with a short rationale, which summarizes the thinking behind the element. Following the rationale, a list of indicators is introduced, which describes what the elements look like in practice and provides a means to judge whether an element has been put into practice. The guide concludes with a glossary and a guide for partnerships that provides general information on how partnerships can form and use the framework to further continuity efforts. Each section of the guide contains references. (TJQ)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratories Early Childhood Collaboration Network.