Jun 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Course Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ECE 215 - Home, School & Comm Relations

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
Focuses on current understanding of supporting children and families in relation to home, school and community contexts. Emphasis is on building respectful, culturally sensitive relationships with families, utilizing community resources and working with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse families.
Competencies
  1. Describe the influence of family engagement on children’s well-being.
    1. Describe research findings related to the importance of family involvement and support
    2. Explore theoretical perspectives related to family systems and principles of family support
    3. Identify historical and recent trends in families that influence family engagement
  2. Explore strategies for creating respectful, reciprocal relationships with families
    1. Describe a welcoming environment for culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse families
    2. Apply effective, culturally responsive techniques for communicating withy families
    3. Summarize the components of effective relationships between home, program/school and the community
    4. Identify skills necessary for building collaborative relationships with diverse families and other professionals.
  3. Examine strategies for engaging families in children’s development and learning
    1. Compare and contrast family engagement and parent education
    2. Review family needs assessments as ways to identify family priorities, goals and concerns and map family resources and support.
    3. Describe opportunities to develop and support family members as leaders
  4. Identify diverse community resources addressing a variety of family strengths, needs, challenges and interests
    1. Describe how to support families in the process of seeking referrals for resources and services for the child or family
    2. List available community resources intended to support families and children.
    3. Identify supports for professionals working with culturally, linguistically, structurally, economically and ability diverse families.
  5. Identify diverse family and community characteristics.
    1. Compare and contrast diverse family structures and styles of communication
    2. Recognize the influence of neighborhoods, communities, language, culture and ability on family functioning and children’s development.
    3. Explore the impact of family experiences on family functioning
  6. Develop a philosophy of family engagement and support.
    1. Examine personal experiences, beliefs, biases and values that influence personal approaches to working with families.
    2. Identify areas of strength and challenge in working with families.
    3. Describe the responsibilities of programs in supporting families, encouraging family participation and offering opportunities for collaborative leadership.



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