ERIC Number: ED434743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Parent Services Project. Families Matter.
Lee, Lisa; Seiderman, Ethel
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 briefly outlines the history of the Parent Services Project (PSP), a nationally renowned child care training program that is based on the beliefs that caring for children requires caring for families and that family support strengthens both parents and community. The paper then summarizes PSP's main teaching points and training methodology. It analyzes the components of effective training and presents PSP's core principles of family support and strategies for working with families. After describing PSP's approach to parent involvement and the shift in values required for providers to deliver family-supportive child care, the paper concludes with a discussion of how to handle the challenges and issues raised by family support implementation. (EV)
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Parent Caregiver Relationship, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Training
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.