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ERIC Number: EJ1003099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Helping Children and Families Develop a Sense of Belonging
King, Donna
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n208 p57-60 Nov-Dec 2012
Every early childhood program has its own aspirations for the children and families it serves. Whatever it is early childhood educators hope to achieve, their success will depend on how fully they are able to help each child and family develop a sense of belonging in their program. To learn is to risk and to venture--and most won't risk and venture unless they feel fundamentally secure where they are. They must feel that they are on the "inside" of someplace safe in order to step outside of their selves and grow. So how, as the people already inside, does providers open their programs fully to the people they serve? How do they create a culture in their programs that ensures each member of the community will feel a sense of belonging? In this article, the author shares what she heard when she posed this question to some of the parents, teachers, and children who have been part of the program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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