Honoring Diversity and Authentically Partnering with Families. Discovery 2013 Stone Soup The Impact of Race and Economic Status on Early Childhood: Opportunities for Community Transformation Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Elsa E. Jones, M.A.
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Discovery 2013 Stone Soup
The Impact of Race and Economic Status on
Early Childhood: Opportunities for Community Transformation
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Elsa E. Jones, M.A.
Assistant Academic Program Manager Early Childhood-Post University
Independent Early Childhood Education Consultant
first teachers and advocates
the increasing numbers of diverse children,
families and staff.
Tap our ZPDs!
Use our HOTS!
knowing and understanding
children, families, staff and communities
the rich knowledge and diversity
we all bring
to our programs!
Program Standard 7: Families
Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with
each child’s family to foster children’s development in all settings.
Relationships are sensitive to family composition, language, and culture.
7.A. Knowing & Understanding the Program’s Families
7.B. Sharing Information Between Staff & Families
7.C. Nurturing Families as Advocates for Their Children
Program Standard 8: Community Relationships
Establish relationships with and use the resources of the children’s communities to support the achievement of program goals.
8.A. Linking with the Community
8.B. Accessing Community Resources
8.C. Acting as a Citizen in the Neighborhood and
the Early Childhood Community
“Casserian Engeri” Criteria
“And How Are The Children?”
The Mighty Masai African Warriors
813,398 Children in CT Criteria
Race and Ethnicity
Children’s Defense Fund, March 2013
More than one-third of today's public school students are people of color.
Linguistic Diversity in CT Criteria
161 dominant languagesother than English were spoken by public school students in grades K-12 during the 2007-2008 school year. CT State Department of Education Division of Assessment and Accountability Bureau of Data Collection, Research and Evaluation DATA BULLETIN – July 2008
Child Welfare in CT
Children’s Defense Fund - March 2013
Homeless Children in CT
The National Center of Family Homelessness, 2010
Facts about Homeless Children
The Institute for Children & Poverty
Biological predisposition and environmental influences interactively affect human development
Five systems impact our daily lives:
Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory-Impact of Special Needs (n.d.). Retrieved from http://impactofspecialneeds.weebly.com/bronfenbrennerrsquos-ecological-systems-theory.html
- Much of young children’s behavior is grounded in family expectations.
Families, Schools and Communities Together for Young Children 2008 Thomson Delmar Learning
Center for the Study of Social Policy
“My Mamma Said”
Janis Keyser. From Parents to Partners: Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program
2. Strengthen Key Messages (written and spoken)
“Invite Invest”; “Participant Partner”
3. Intake Form: “Who is this Family?” Families help create.
4. Environmental Messages: “Who lives here?”
5. Family Engagement Activities & Events
“WE planned. THEY didn’t come.”
6. Self-Assessment: Beyond the Bake Sale Questionnaires (Internet)
“Family-Staff Partnership” Criteria
(1 word or 1 syllable)
(2 words or 2 syllables)
Communicate Collaborate Celebrate
(3 words or 3 syllables)
Success for Our Children
(Be The Change Needed)(4 words or 4 syllables)
(1 word of 2 syllables)