Partnerships For Learning
Parents and guardians are a child’s first teacher. It is important to respect family's unique strengths and knowledge about their child or children within the home and neighborhood context. Children are learning all of the time and it is a continuous experience. Therefore, it is essential that early childhood educators understand the importance of meaningful, reciprocal relationships with families. Partnering with families will help educators to better understand a family’s culture, values, and beliefs, which in return, can further develop curriculum and relationships. Drawing upon a family's expertise is crucial to meet the individual needs of children. Partnerships will also enable educators to extend a family’s knowledge about their child or children in an increasingly broader social context. These relationships will support learning for the child both at home and school. Creating an extended family model in early childhood education will not only offer support and resources but it will also promote personal and professional success of the family.