Take another look at the chart below on the beliefs and actions of family-centered practice. Then record your thoughts and ideas of how to incorporate this philosophy into your program.
Families are the most important decision- makers in a child’s life.
- I learn about families’ ideas and preferences.
- I provide choices in programming.
- I involve families in decision-making.
- Establish and maintain ongoing communication with families throughout the year.
- Provide multiple opportunities for families to learn about their children’s work.
Families are unique and their differences enrich our programs.
- I honor and respect diversity.
- I involve all the important people in a child’s life.
- I engage and involve families.
- I develop responsive and reciprocal relationships.
- I represent families in our programs.
- Incorporate the families theme in centers and activities throughout the year.
- Provide opportunities for families to participate in program activities.
- Invite family members to come observe in the program.
- Include toys and materials in centers that reflect diversity.
- Invite families in the program to share their traditions, food, and customs.
- Make sure posters and materials in the program do not portray stereotypical images of individuals or groups of people.
Families are resilient.
- I learn about families’ strengths, needs, and circumstances.
- I connect families with resources.
- I build families’ strengths.
- Provide opportunities for families to get to know one another; for example, through a family night.
- Introduce family members to each other as they drop off or pick up their children.
- Provide information about community events that families can attend.
Families are central to development and learning.
- I share information with families.
- I listen to families.
- I view families as their child’s first teacher.
- I respect families’ expertise about their child.
- Share information with families about development.
- Ask families questions about their child.
Families are our partners.
- I use respectful, responsive, and two-way communication.
- I reach out to families.
- I involve families in all aspects of our program.
- Use a variety of ways to communicate with families in the program (meetings, phone, email).
- Ask open-ended questions.