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ECE 219
Child, Family and Community Relationships

Credits: 1- 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 30

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30

Early childhood education professionals working with children birth to eight years and their families will learn about the importance of the adult relationships in child care and classroom settings. Classroom activities, lectures and reading material will provide the students with an understanding of the concepts and value of the caregiver-child family relationship. Class activities, interactions with other caregivers and child observations will give students an opportunity to practice and strengthen their skills. Recommended: READ 088.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Discuss the importance of positive adult relationships between adults working in child care or early learning settings.
  • Describe the impact of individual attitudes and behaviors in child care and early learning settings.
  • Identify family and caregiver beliefs, attitudes and feelings and how they impact the emotional development of young children.
  • Describe attributes of and process of creating a caring community around children.
  • Describe caregiver's role in supporting and building relationships with young children.
  • Identify positive ways to connect and build positive relationships with young children and their parents.
  • Identify and practice strategies to respond to young child's emotions.
  • Recognize examples of engaging and disengaging behaviors.
  • Identify and practice "reading" and responding to a child's behavioral cues.
  • Identify the factors that influence the parent-caregiver-child relationship.
  • Identify attributes of healthy, culturally responsive relationships with families.
  • Describe the importance of the team relationships when working with families in early childhood programs and activities.
  • Discuss methods of partnering with parents in early learning programs.

  • Course Topics
  • Creating community among adults
  • Building a caring community with children
  • Building quality relationships with families
  • Why relationships matter
  • Individual attitudes and behaviors
  • When caring relationships are undermined
  • Next steps in creating community
  • Building a caring community around children
  • Observing clues for behavior
  • Building relationships and sharing supporting self esteem
  • Guidelines for relationships with families
  • Reaching out to parents as partners
  • Assessing needs, interests, concerns of parents
  • Making connections with parents

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    ECE 219
    Winter 2013
    Andrea Unck
    ECE 219
    Winter 2011
    Melinda Brennan
    ECE 219
    Fall 2008
    Tami Sirmon

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.