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
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.