Family involvement in early childhood education : research into practice

| February 23, 2011

Title: Family involvement in early childhood education : research into practice

Authors: Jennifer Prior and Maureen Gerard

Publisher: Clifton Park, N.Y. : Thomson Delmar Learning, c2007

Call no.: LB1139.35.P37 P75 2007

From the Publisher:

Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education: Research into Practice is a must-have resource for early childhood professionals who understand the importance of building positive parent/teacher partnerships. The text places an emphasis on the unique differences of American families today and takes into consideration these differences when planning a family involvement program that is realistic and workable for all. This unique resource offers practical ideas and activities for developing partnerships with families. Designed for parents and teachers of infants, toddlers, and school age children, the text includes ideas and specific activities that can be implemented for instant use by classroom teachers. Special features of the text include sample ideas and activities for involving fathers; sample forms, newsletters, and progress report forms; and activities for at-home involvement. The review questions, highlighted key terminology, and chapter exercises encourage meaningful reflection and reinforce key concepts.

About the Authors

Jennifer Prior is an associate professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She teaches in the areas of early childhood and literacy. Jennifer is a member of the International Reading Association and is an author and coauthor of numerous books.

Maureen Gerard is an assistant professor of Reading and Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University. Her background and research interests are in early literacy and teacher preparation and her current research focuses on the role of environmental print in the early development of print awareness and reading motivation. She has prepared new teachers in early reading and writing, numerical literacy, and child development at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona South. Maureen also spent 12 years in the classroom teaching in multiage groupings.