A Guide to Creating Partnerships with Families. Second Edition.
California Department of Education. WestED Sacramento.
vii, 128 p.
California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
Intended for professionals involved in California child care facilities, this publication provides guidance and strategies for creating partnerships with families. Section 1 discusses establishing partnerships, developing two-way and multiway communication, ensuring the initial contact with the program sets the tone for a deeper relationship between teachers and family members, and setting the stage for developing trust in relationships. Following sections describe strategies for sharing information with families, preparing children for separation in collaboration with the family, working with families from different cultures and ways to help families feel at home, listening and responding to families and addressing differences, conducting business with families and legal issues that need to be considered, and supporting families under stress and helping families with concerns about their child's development. The final section explains strategies for addressing difficult issues, such as minor injuries and illnesses, concerns about health and development, behavioral issues, and child maltreatment. Each section includes a list of key questions child care practitioners should consider and a list of suggested resources. Appendices include a sample family-infant care program agreement, sample questions for families at time of their enrollment, and information about working with caregivers' feelings and with parents' feelings.
California; child care; parents; worker client relationships; communication; professional training