Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education: Research into Practice

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Cengage Learning, Oct 10, 2006 - Education - 352 pages
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This text describes the current and ongoing research related to the important benefits of parent and family involvement to student achievement and provides practical ideas and specific activities for preservice and inservice teachers to assist them in getting families involved in their children's education. Designed for familes and teachers of infants, toddlers, and school age children, the text includes ideas and specific activities for instant use by classroom teachers. Special features of the text include plans for implementing a family involvement program; sample ideas and activities for involving fathers; and sample newsletters and activities for at-home involvement. The review questions, highlighted key terminology, and chapter exercises encourage meaningful reflection and reinforce key concepts.
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Challenges to Effective Partnerships in the Early Years
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Family Involvement with InfantToddler Care and Education
Building a Comprehensive Program for Family Involvement in the Early Years

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Jennifer Prior is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Literacy at Northern Arizona University. She is also a member of the Intenational Reading Association, the National Council for Teachers of English, and the Association for Childhood Education International.

Maureen R. Gerard is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Literacy at the University of Arizona South. She is also a member fo the International Reading Association, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the President Huachuca Reading Council.

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