Families and Educators Together
Building Great Relationships that Support Young Children
Derry Koralek, Karen Nemeth, Kelly Ramsey
Home–school relationships have always been a cornerstone of children’s success and well-being. But cultivating positive, supportive partnerships between educators and families is an ongoing process, one that requires reciprocal respect and communication to grow. Use the practical information and ideas in this book to develop and embed a culture of family engagement in all aspects of your early childhood program, from curriculum planning to addressing children’s individual needs, by • Creating a welcoming environment for families • Providing many ways for families to engage in the program and their children’s learning • Ensuring two-way communication and addressing communication challenges • Building on learning opportunities families already provide at home • Supporting diverse home languages and cultures • Collaborating on community-wide efforts Packed with strategies, resources, and examples from early childhood programs, this book illustrates numerous ways to engage families in your early childhood community so that together, families + educators = thriving children.