50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families

ISBN-10: 0137002319

ISBN-13: 9780137002313

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: Janet Gonzalez-Mena

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A targeted text that offers practical strategies for partnering with families to support, enhance, and maximize the quality of care and education of young children. The text offers ideas for creating the trust necessary for true collaboration between families and the early childhood professional, as well as developing useful programs that include all families and individuals.
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List price: $30.60
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 8.27" wide x 10.87" long x 0.16" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Janet Gonzalez-Mena started her early childhood career in a cooperative preschool as a parent volunteer back in 1966. She then became a Head Start volunteer and ended up as a teacher in a preschool for Spanish-speaking children and their families in 1970’s. She has also helped open several pilot programs including a therapeutic child care program and a home-based bilingual preschool program. When Magda Gerber came into her life in the mid-1970’s, Janet signed up for an internship with her at the Children’s Health Council in Menlo Park, California. As a result of that experience, later, when she became a child care director, she was able to incorporate much of what she learned into her work and was influential in expanding that program to include an infant center. Training and teaching adults has always been sideline, even when she was working with children and families. She worked as a Head Start trainer and as adjunct faculty in 4 community colleges plus the University of California Santa Cruz credential extension program. She taught for 15 years as full time faculty at Napa Valley College in the Child and Family Studies Program. Since 1991, she has been part of the faculty for WestEd’s Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (PITC) Training of Trainer Institutes. Janet has been writing along with teaching for all these years and is author of numerous articles and 13 books related to early childhood, including Foundations of Early Childhood Education; Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers (with co-author Dianne Eyer); and Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences (Formerly Multicultural Issues in Child Care). She wrote Dragon Mom about herself as parent to help early childhood professionals alleviate guilt when their parenting doesn't live up to their high standards. Her latest passion is understanding more about the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary, where Magda Gerber came from. It took her 30 years to get there after she first heard of it, but her first trip to it in November of 2003 merely whetted her appetite. She has made two more since and is planning for another one. She is fascinated by the approach and is convinced that this residential nursery is a model for the world. She is continuing to learn more about how this approach can be used to improve infant-toddler care and education programs in the United States. She is also working with a group in Mexico to explore how the approach might fit into their models of residential care for infants and toddlers. Janet has a Master of Arts Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks in Pasadena, California.

Welcoming Everybody
Appreciating all Kinds of Families
Working with Immigrant Families
Including Families of Children with Special Needs
Creating an Antibias Environment
Respecting All Families, Including Those with Same-Sex Parents
Partnerships with Families
Building Partnerships
Removing Barriers to Partnerships
Minimizing Competition with Parents
Supporting Attachment
Considering Authority
Focusing on Family Strengths
Helping Parents to Be Advocates for Their Children
Encouraging Parents to Become Advocates for all Children
Creating a Sense of Community
Honoring and Working with Diversity
Understanding and Appreciating Cultural Differences
Establishing Culturally Responsive Education and Care
Working with Conflicts Around Education and Care Practices
Considering Cultural Differences in Guidance and Discipline
Working with Families Around what you Believe Are Harmful Practices
Thinking about Differing Ideas Related to How Children Learn
Managing Conflicts
Family Participation and Education
Considering Family Participation
Including Parents in the Classroom or Center
Focusing on Fathers
Taking a Transformative Approach to Parent Education
Working with Parents around Holiday Issues
Exploring Parents' Role on Decision-Making Boards and Councils
Creating Environments for Communication
Empowering Self and Others
Communicating Through Writing
Holding Ongoing Conversations with Families
Looking at Nonverbal Communication Across Cultures
Meetings and Conferences
Meeting with Families for the First Time
Thinking about Meetings in General
Holding Conferences
Considering Cross-Cultural Conferences
Talking with Families when Concerns Arise
Working with Parents around Specific Issues
Helping the Child Enter the School or Program
Maintaining Home Language
Easing Children Through Transitions
Bringing Nature into Children's Lives
Addressing Obesity with Nutrition
Dealing with Media Issues
Maintaining Stability During Divorce
Coping with a Death in the Family
Finding Community Resources and making Referrals
Challenging Conversations
Working with Parents who Constantly Complain
Working with Parents who Appear Hostile
Talking with Parents about Behavior Changes
Referring Families for Abuse or Neglect
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