ERIC Number: EJ906343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Responding to the Voices of Homeless Preschool Children and Their Families
Swick, Kevin J.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v38 n4 p299-304 Dec 2010
By utilizing all of the voices of homeless children and families we can gain a better understanding of their needs and thus be more effective in designing programs that can support them in becoming more independent. This article reviews the importance of the voices of homeless preschool children and their parents as well that of the professionals who work with them in developing responses to this problem. Strategies that empower homeless preschool children and their families are noted. These strategies include: quality preschool care, therapeutic practices that empower the entire family, case management schemes that provide support to homeless children and families, and societal changes that empower the family. Critical roles that early childhood education professionals can carry out in this empowerment process are delineated and discussed.
Descriptors: Empowerment, Homeless People, Early Childhood Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Preschool Children, Student Needs, Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Educational Quality, Social Services, Social Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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