Chapter 4

Understanding Families/Applying the Family Systems Theory

Addressing Cultural Relevance

Independence or Interdependence?

The Contribution of Documentation in Quality Early Childhood Education

Comforting Classroom

In Support of Family/Teacher Partnerships

Partnering with Families

Connecting with Families in the Early Years

Active Listening

How to Communicate with Parents

7 Keys to Good Parent-Provider Communication

Why Portfolio-Based Assessment Works

Meeting Families Where They Live

Baby, Interrupted – 7 Ways To Build Your Child’s Focus And Attention Span

Child Abuse and Neglect:

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Children with Special Needs:


Special Needs Childcare

Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Virtual Lab School:

Infant/Toddler Family Engagement

Child Abuse Reporting

Child Abuse Prevention

Additional Readings

Block, M.N. (2014). Meeting families where they live. Young Children, (March 2014), 92-93.

Christian, L. (2006). Understanding families: Applying family systems theory to early childhood practice. Beyond the journal, (January 2006), 1-8. Retrieved from

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2013). What to look for in a program. Retrieved from

Zero to Three. (2004). Getting ready for school begins at birth. Washington, D.C.: Zero to Three. Retrieved from

Children’s books about families:

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