Family members are the most important people in children’s lives. In this course you will learn how family-centered practice, strong family engagement, and effective communication all contribute to high-quality school-age programs. You will also learn strategies for working with and strengthening families of children with special needs, military families, and families facing other challenges.
Families: An Introduction
Family members are the most important people in children’s lives, and impact how school-age children develop and learn. To effectively develop partnerships with families and to help create an environment that meets the needs of each school-age child, it is important for caregivers to understand families as a system and the impact of parenting in childhood and adolescence. This lesson shares perspectives for understanding families and provides an introduction to family-centered practice.
Promoting Family Engagement
Strong family engagement is an integral part of high-quality school-age programs. Promoting family engagement in a school-age program is a vital aspect of the learning environment. In this lesson, you will learn the importance of family engagement, and methods of creating and maintaining family partnerships in school-age programs.
Promoting Family Engagement: Communicating With Families
Effective communication between school-aged program staff and the families in your program is a way to promote family engagement and create strong collaborative partnerships. In this lesson, you will learn methods of effectively communicating with families and ways to promote family engagement.
Working With Families of Children With Special Needs
This lesson will highlight the ways in which you can play an important role in supporting families of children with special needs in school-age programs. You will learn recommendations for effective collaboration with families and other professionals and begin to understand the additional roles and responsibilities placed on many families of children with special needs.
Strengthening and Supporting Military Families and Families Facing Challenges
Many times, families are faced with challenges that put them and their children at risk. Military families deal with specific circumstances that can affect their functioning and well-being. Providing support is one of the most important things we can do for families. This lesson will provide an introduction to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework. You will learn about each factor, how you can provide support and what some unique challenges are when working with school-age children and their families. This lesson will also help you understand common situations military families face, such as frequent moves and deployment.