Course Description

Interrelationships of the home, school, community and their effects on the learning of young children. Emphasis is on cooperation and communication, problem solving and self-discipline. Skills necessary to succeed in an era of technology and change are discussed utilizing partnerships with teachers and parents. Examination of the sociological relationships between family, school and culture; institutional, racial, social, and economic factors affecting the family and the child.  Strategies for supporting families by sharing community resources, and examining current social policies that are impacting the home and community-based practices are discussed in-depth. Field work is required outside of class time to provide students with opportunities to learn and practice competencies related to the care and education of young children.

Learner Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of how to establish positive home relationships with young children and positive relationships with children’s families.
  • Identify and describe biological and environmental factors (including gender roles and home culture) that influence young children’s development.
  • Recognize the effects of factors outside the setting on children’s social-emotional well-being and are able to adjust the environment as well as classroom practice to help children and, as needed, to collaborate with families and service providers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of what it is to communicate and collaborate in partnership with families in a culturally appropriate and responsive manner to support young children’s development and learning.
  • Explain how an effective home-school-family connection supports children’s development and learning.
  • Develop specific plans for engaging and partnering with families in supporting children’s growth and development.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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