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50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families

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50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families, 3rd edition by Janet Gonzalez-Mena is unique in its practical approach to improving teaching skills of early childhood educators by offering the most practical strategies for partnering with families to support, enhance, and maximize the quality of care and education of young children. It presents a plethora of ideas for creating the trust necessary for true collaboration between families and the early childhood professional, and guides on how to develop useful programs that include all families and individuals. Extensively revised, it reflects the most current themes, trends research and ideas in the field today, making it the most diversity-centered text on the market for courses covering diversity and the relationships between teachers and families in early childhood education classrooms and centers.
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Table of Contents

Section 1: Welcoming Everybody Chapter 1: Appreciating All Kinds of Families Chapter 2: Working with Immigrant Families Chapter 3: Including Families of Children with Special Needs Chapter 4: Creating an Antibias Environment Chapter 5: Respecting All Families, Including Those with Same-Sex Parents Section 2: Partnerships with Families Chapter 6: Building Partnerships Chapter 7: Removing Barriers to Partnerships Chapter 8: Minimizing Competition with Parents Chapter 9: Supporting Attachments Chapter 10: Considering Authority Chapter 11: Focusing on Family Strengths Chapter 12: Helping Parents to Be Advocates for Their Children Chapter 13: Encouraging Parents to Become Advocates for All Children Chapter 14: Creating a Sense of Community Section 3: Honoring and Working with Diversity Chapter 15: Understanding and Appreciating Cultural Differences Chapter 16: Establishing Culturally Responsive Education and Care Chapter 17: Working with Conflicts Around Education and Care Practices Chapter 18: Considering Cultural Differences in Guidance and Discipline Chapter 19: Working with Families Around What You Believe Are Harmful Practices Chapter 20: Thinking about Differing Ideas Related to How Children Learn Chapter 21: Managing Conflicts Section 4: Family Participation and Education Chapter 22: Considering Family Participation Chapter 23: Including Families in the Classroom or Center Chapter 24: Focusing on Fathers and Grandfathers Chapter 25: Taking a Transformative Approach to Parent Education Chapter 26: Working With Families Around Holiday Issues Chapter 27: Exploring Parents' Role on Decision-Making Boards and Councils Section 5: Communication Chapter 28: Creating Environments for Communication Chapter 29: Empowering Self and Others Chapter 30: Communicating Through Writing Chapter 31: Holding Ongoing Conversations with Families Chapter 32: Looking at Nonverbal Communication Across Cultures Section 6: Meetings and Conferences Chapter 33: Meeting with Families for the First Time Chapter 34: Thinking About Meetings in General Chapter 35: Holding Conferences Chapter 36: Considering Cross-Cultural Conferences Chapter 37: Talking with Families when Concerns Arise Section 7: Working with Parents around Specific Issues Chapter 38: Helping teh Child Enter the School or Program Chapter 39: Maintaining Home Languages Chapter 40: Easing Children Through Transitions Chapter 41: Brining Nature into Children's Lives Chapter 42: Addressing Obesity with Nutrition Chapter 43: Dealing with Media Issues Chapter 44: Maintaining Stability During Divorce Chapter 45: Coping with a Death in the Family Chapter 46: Finding Community Resources and Making Referrals Section 8: Challenging Conversations Chapter 47: Working with Parents Who Constantly Complain Chapter 48: Working with Family Members Who Appear Hostile Chapter 49: Talking with Families About Behavior Changes Chapter 50: Referring Families for Abuse or Neglect

About the Author

Janet Gonzalez-Mena is Retired Faculty in Child and Family Studies, Napa Valley College, Napa California, where for 15 years she was on the full-time faculty until her retirement in 1998. Not only has she taught in the California community college system for 36 years, but also Gonzalez-Mena's career includes being a preschool teacher in a bilingual program, child care director, and coordinator of a pilot program of therapeutic child care for abused and neglected children. A prolific author, her textbook achievements include: Child, Family, and Community, 6th ed. (Pearson, 2013); Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers, 9th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2012); Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Teaching Children in a Diverse Society, 6th ed., (McGraw-Hill, forthcoming); and Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences, 4th ed. (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2008). Janet also co-authored Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Infants and Toddlers (National Association for Education of Young Children, 2011). Currently self-employed as a consultant in early care and education, she also finds the time to write for Young Children and Exchange, and occasionally for publications in Canada and New Zealand.

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