Contact

Judy Hudson
Director of ECED
Office: 1849
Phone: 566-3246

Mary Schumacher-Hoerner
ECED Instructor
Office: 1844
Phone: 566-3064

Early Childhood Education

Family and Community Collaboration

Rationale

Early Childhood professionals are committed to family-centered practices. They maintain an open, friendly, and collaborative relationship with each child’s family, encouraging family involvement, and supporting the child’s relationship with their family. The diverse cultures and languages representative of families in New Mexico’s communities are honored.

Demonstrate knowledge and skill in building positive, reciprocal relationships with families.

Entry Level

  1. Identify and discuss ways to establish positive and reciprocal relationships with families.
  2. Identify and discuss possible barriers/challenges to developing collaborative relationships with families.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify and discuss the role of professionals in developing collaborative relationships with families.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of how to build cooperative, trusting relationships with families from a variety of backgrounds and compositions.
  3. Describe the importance of collaborative relationships with families, community and tribal agencies, and other professionals for maintaining high quality programs and services for young children and their families.

Articulate an understanding of a safe and welcoming environment for families and community members.

Entry Level

  1. Identify and discuss ways to welcome family and community visitors in the learning environment
  2. Identify and discuss ways to maximize a welcoming environment for families and community members.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Communicate in a variety of ways about the program and activities to family and community visitors.
  2. Use materials and equipment that are reflective of the cultures, languages, and family structures of the members of the classroom community.
  3. Develop an understanding of activities that will facilitate the recognition and full inclusion of all program participants (children, families, staff, and community visitors.)

Develop and maintain ongoing contact with families through a variety of communication strategies.

Entry Level

  1. Identify and discuss a variety of strategies early childhood professionals and programs use for communicating with all families.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify how to communicate relevant information about child growth, development, and learning to family members from diverse backgrounds in various languages, formats, and contexts.
  2. Identify various sources of information and materials (including sources in families’ homes languages) that are appropriate for, and relevant to, each family.
  3. Maintain communication that is frequent and on-going, appropriate for each individual family, relevant to the needs of the family, and respectful of cultural and linguistic diversity, and family structure and organization.

Demonstrate knowledge of, and respect for, variations across cultures, in terms of family strengths, expectations, values, and child-rearing practices.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss variations across cultures in terms of family strengths, expectations, values, and childrearing practices.
  2. Discuss the importance of using and valuing languages of the children and families enrolled in the program.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Consider family priorities and strengths in setting goals for individual children and for the program.
  2. Include the home languages of the children in the program environment.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity in cultural heritage, lifestyles, and value systems among the children and families in the program.

Articulate understanding of the complexity and dynamics of family systems.

Entry Level

  1. Define the meaning of a family system

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Discuss the changing roles of individuals within family systems.
  2. Discuss the role of language and culture in defining and shaping the family system.

Demonstrate understanding of the importance of families as the primary educator of their child.

Entry Level

  1. Identify ways that parents play a primary role in the education of their child.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Discuss ways that parents are essential in providing information about their child.
  2. Discuss ways to increase family participation as an educational partner.

Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the families’ desires and goals for their children into classroom or intervention strategies.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss families’ goals and priorities for their children and their implications for early childhood programs.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify a variety of communication skills to engage families in dialogue about the goals for their children.
  2. Recognize, respect, and include family goals and priorities in the development of programs’ curriculum and intervention strategies for children.
  3. Articulate the impact of culture and language on family members’ participation in the IFSP/IEP team.

Develop partnership with family members to promote early literacy in the home.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss ways family members can support children’s emergent literacy.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify ways to communicate with families’ about the importance of emergent literacy activities in the home.
  2. Identify a variety of literacy materials suitable for use in the home.
  3. Identify ways to support families’ use of literacy materials with their children.
  4. Share community resources with families to promote literacy

Involve families and community members in contributing to the learning environment.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss the contributions to the learning environment that can be made by family and community members.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Describe the value of family and community members as resources to the learning environment
  2. Describe and develop strategies for active participation of, and feedback from, family and community members to enhance the learning environment
  3. Describe ways that family and community members may enhance the learning environment.

Establish partnerships with community members in promoting literacy.

Entry Level

  1. Identify community resources for promoting child and family literacy.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify ways to develop partnerships with community members in promoting child and family literacy.
  2. Identify community-based literacy activities and events that may be integrated into the curriculum.

Demonstrate ability to communicate to families the program’s policies, procedures, and those procedural safeguards that are mandated by state and federal regulations.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss applicable state and federal regulations and procedural safeguards.
  2. Discuss the importance of communicating with families about regulations and safeguards.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Articulate rational for policies, regulations, and safeguards to families.
  2. Implement program policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal regulations.

Apply knowledge of family theory and research to understand family and community characteristics including socioeconomic conditions; family structures, relationships, stressors, and supports (including the impact of having a child with diverse abilities), home language and ethnicity.

Entry Level

  1. Increase awareness of the role of theory/research regarding family and community characteristics

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Describe the effects of family stress on children and other family members.
  2. Respond appropriately to children and other family members who are experiencing stress.
  3. Identify appropriate community resources for information and referral.

Demonstrate knowledge of, and skill to access, community resources that assist families and contribute directly or indirectly to children’s positive development such as mental health services, health care, adult education, native and English language instruction, and economic assistance.

Entry Level

  1. Identify community resources that are available to families.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Distinguish appropriate community resources to meet the various needs of families.
  2. Identify community organizations that maintain up-to-date relevant resource directories of which families should be aware.

For more information, please call Judy Hudson at (505) 566-3246. Or send us an email at HudsonJ@sanjuancollege.edu.