Empowering parents, families, schools, and communities during the early childhood years

| February 9, 2011

Title: Empowering parents, families, schools, and communities during the early childhood years 

Author :  Kevin J. Swick

Publisher: Champaign, IL : Stipes Pub

Call number: LC225.3 .S9433 2009

From the Publisher:

This well-written, reader-friendly book presents a practical approach to empowering educators, parents, families, and the wider community with knowledge about the importance of the early childhood years. Each chapter begins with a capsule  that presents a central idea, theme, or question. This is followed by a related case study and then a case application. The skillfully arranged layout of the book takes the reader from the conceptual approach of empowerment to the practical approach, whereby parents, families, schools, and the community can perform simple projects that range from group discussion, interview, and observation to demonstrate understanding of the concepts presented in each capsule. This format is designed to help the entire community meet the challenges and needs of the child.

This book can be used in the preparation of early childhood teachers, in beginning teachers’ seminars, and at Parent Teacher Association meetings or parent academies. This book will provide useful information that will enable parents, families, educators, and communities to better understand each other and become advocates of children.

About the author:

Kevin J. Swick is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina – Columbia. Dr. Swick teaches courses in family dynamics and family involvement. He also works extensively in researching the caring process in children and how it is strengthened through service learning. Dr. Swick has published over 100 journal articles and over 25 books. He is active in early childhood professional groups and works with parent and family programs throughout the US. He received his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Connecticut.

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