ERIC Number: ED424939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Family Resource Centers: Where School Readiness Happens. Early Children's Digest.
Little, Priscilla M. D.
When families take part in their young children's education programs, children do better in school. Many early childhood programs offer families the opportunity to participate in their children's learning through family resource centers. Family resource centers provide information on raising and educating children, along with ideas on how to work with children's teachers, volunteer in the classroom, and support children's learning at home. They are also places to meet other families and work together to improve schools. This issue of the "Early Childhood Digest" describes family resource centers and how they can help families get their children ready for school. The digest discusses characteristics of family resource centers, including that they: (1) make families feel welcome; (2) are places to get information; (3) are places to take classes; (4) help families meet other families and share stories about raising children; (5) support families by making many services easier to get; (6) offer the family support for a long time; and (7) can help parents work together to improve schools. The digest then discusses how parents can get involved in family resource centers, guiding parents through the steps of finding the family resource center, exploring its activities, and volunteering. (EV)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Materials, Resource Centers, School Readiness
Web site: http://ed.gov/offices/OERI/ECI/digests
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Early Childhood Development and Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.