ERIC Number: ED434741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Parent-Provider Partnerships. Families Matter.
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 paper discusses how to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds, as well as some of the challenging issues raised by working with families having differing values, cultural norms, and experiences. Stressing the importance of basing parent involvement activities on two-way communication, it presents a practical model for establishing and nurturing family-supportive parent-provider relationships. The paper acknowledges the challenges to building successful cross-cultural relationships and describes an array of strategies for increasing provider awareness of the environment in which families raise their children and meet their daily obligations, and for gaining empathy for each family's unique circumstances. Contains 15 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Caregivers, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Characteristics, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Parent Caregiver Relationship, Parent Participation, Training
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.