Communities Families and Young Children
In chapter 13 we discussed how affordability can influence quality in early care and education programs. Many times the parent would like to have the best care for their children with the upmost quality in care and education. But when we do a general price study in the area, the Early Childhood Education facilities that provide the quality education end up with a high price to pay in which most families cannot afford or make ends meet.
As stated by the text "The number of single -parent families in which the parent trains or works outside the hime is steadily rising" You can see there is a need for care and early care but how can we make it affordable for parents? Why are we making education a burden to parents?
Family Centered Approach
An ongoing challenge for every educator is to develop and enhance skills that will offer students the best possible learning experiences and opportunities, in school, at home, and in community settings. It is therefore essential that every effort be made to ensure that ongoing and effective communication and partnerships be established and maintained with parents. As stated by the text "Parents also mold perceptions indirectly by the ways in which they evaluate others; children come to see which types of individuals their family prefers to associate with and who should be avoided."
Understanding Families, Goals, Values, and Culture.
working with families on guidance issues
Guidance teaches children how to make the right choices in life and become productive citizens in society; self regulation skills at its finest.
The early childhood program environment should look and feel welcoming for all children and should reflect the diverse world in which we live. In addition to being bright, colorful, safe and clean, it should include children’s artwork and show the diversity of the world through the program’s abundant supply of age-appropriate toys, dolls, books, magazines, pictures and musical instruments.
Environments that provide opportunities to explore cultural diversity include baskets, pillows, jewelry made from a variety of materials, puppets, rugs, wall hangings, eating and cooking utensils, recordings of music in many languages and other objects that reflect the world’s cultures. Children can explore diversity in family structure, gender roles, and abilities if their environment contains materials such as dolls, books, dress-up clothes, puzzles, manipulatives, and dramatic play materials that depict a variety of family structures, gender roles, and people with a variety of disabilities.
As an educator I will face many challenges when it comes to parents and the different types of families. First and foremost, I will treat all families and children the same no matter their race, gender, or ethnicity. All children can learn!
When dealing with a challenging situation such as diverse; I can relate to this in the field right now. I have a student whose parents are divorced. When we have parent meetings they sometimes have arguments. I kindly listen to their concerns, and redirect the conversation to be about the child. Sometimes I will offer family coaching recommendations.
As children enter my classroom with different cultures; first and foremost I will do my research on their culture to ensure I do not step over any lines and I am aware of any culture differences from the American Culture. I want to be sure I am respecting the child and their family.
To ensure I respect all cultures, I will touch upon all holidays and cultural events through literature. For example, in the month of December we learn about kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan. Right there we have touched upon all holidays, taught the children about culture, and did not offend anyone. Generally whenever I develop my curriculum in my classroom; to be diverse and respectful of culture I cover all areas.