ERIC Number: ED492072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education. Family Involvement Makes a Difference: Evidence that Family Involvement Promotes School Success for Every Child of Every Age. Number 1, Spring 2006
Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard University
"Family Involvement Makes a Difference" is a set of research briefs that examines one set of complementary learning linkages: family involvement in the home and school. As the first in the series, this brief focuses on the linkages among the family, early childhood education settings, and schools. Future papers will examine family involvement in elementary school, middle school, and high school settings. Taken together, these briefs make the case that family involvement predicts attitudes and practices, and early childhood programs' expectations and support of family involvement. The evidence base currently suggests three family involvement processes aid in creating this match and promoting healthy outcomes: parenting, home-school relationships, and responsibility for learning outcomes. (See Figure 1 on page 2.) Parenting refers to the attitudes, values, and practices of parents in raising young children. Home-school relationships are the formal and informal connections between the family and educational setting. Responsibility for learning is an aspect of parenting that places emphasis on activities in the home and community that promote learning skills in the young child. (Contains 1 figure and 37 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Rearing, Young Children, Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Family Environment, Learning Activities
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.