Family and community involvement enhance the learning experiences of children. Early childhood professionals and administrators must realize that there are cultural, economic, and other factors that break down communication and limit the ways family and community members can participate in programs for young children. You must be willing to learn how to meet the diverse needs of children and families and establish trusting relationships with families and communities. Surveying parents and families at the beginning of the year will help you better understand the challenges and barriers they face. You will learn more about their parenting styles, views, values, and preferred ways to be contacted and involved in their child’s learning and development and how to use research-based theories of family systems in your work with young children and their families. For this assignment, you will analyze two completed family surveys and compare the survey results to research-based theories of family systems and approaches to family and community involvement.
Part 1: Analyze the Family Survey Data
For Part 1 of the assignment, you will analyze two completed family surveys to gain a better understanding of the needs and challenges diverse families face from the viewpoint of the families themselves. You will include your summary of your analysis of each family’s needs, challenges, parenting styles, values, and preferred ways to be contacted and involved in their child’s learning on the Family Partnership Plan template provided. Part 1 should be a 1- to 2- page descriiptive analysis.
Part 2: Compare Survey Results to Research-Based Theories & Approaches
For Part 2, you will compare the survey results to research-based theories of family systems and approaches to family and community involvement. For each family surveyed, describe which family system is represented and which research-based approach or modified approach to family and community involvement will work best for the family. Be sure to recommend a multitude of approaches to family and community involvement, and clearly explain multiple ways to modify approaches that are not successful. This expository essay should be original and insightful and meet page requirements of 2–3 pages.