ERIC Number: ED475174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Menu for Successful Parent and Family Involvement.
Wirtz, Paul; Schumacher, Bev
Noting that a partnership between early childhood programs and the families they serve is essential, this guide encourages early childhood administrators to make available a variety of parent involvement options in their program from which parents can make choices that meet their needs. The guide's introduction offers questions to consider while preparing a "menu" of options for parents, and lists the five components of a successful menu: (1) sharing information with parents and families; (2) welcoming parents and families; (3) involving parents and families in the program; (4) supporting learning at home; and (5) working with the community. The chapters then explore options within each of these 5 components. Each chapter covers basic ideas, lists "menu suggestions" or best practices for accomplishing the component, and then elaborates on these suggestions in a "practices that work" section. A checklist of these practices from each chapter is appended. (Contains 13 references.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents as Teachers, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship
Southern Early Childhood Association, P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215-5930 ($5.50, SECA members; $6.50, non-members). Tel: 800-305-7322 (Toll Free); Tel: 501-221-1648; Fax: 501-227-5297; Web site: http://www.SouthernEarlyChildhood.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Southern Early Childhood Association, Little Rock, AR.