Engaging Families in Curriculum
“Family engagement has long been emphasized as part of developmentally appropriate practice for programs serving young children and their families” (National Association for the Education of Young Children Academy, 2014, p.1).
This idea is supported throughout Chapter 8 of your primary text as well. The key to being able to successful engage families in your curriculum is ensuring that you understand their diverse needs, develop meaningful relationships, and get them involved in their child’s learning and development (Kostelnik, Soderman, Whiren, & Rupiper, 2015).
For this discussion, you will need to choose one of the following three areas of focus related to engaging families:
- Understanding the diverse needs of children and their families,
- Developing meaningful relationships with children and their families, or
- Involving families in their child’s learning and development.
Next, watch the video Family and Community Engagement (Links to an external site.). As you are watching the video, play close attention for information related to your area of focus.