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Family and Community Relationships
FAM/COMMUNITY
CLASS CODE: CHILD 430 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: CHILD & FAMILY STUDIES
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Perspective on providing family-focused early intervention, with emphasis on communicating with families, empowering parents, developing family and professional partnerships, interagency collaboration, and accessing and linking families and community resources.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Understanding Families, including
Family theory
Family diversity
Developmental issues in families of young children
Family strengths, functions and structure
Parenting
Family stress
Practical application, including:
Family-based philosophy in ECE
Family-staff relationships
Parent education and family life education
Early childhood educators in the community

Goals and Objectives:
1. Understand family systems theory and its application to families/communities
2. Know how to access information regarding child/family needs and how to use that information to access community resources
3. Know availability of and methods to access community, state and national resources available for young children and their families
4. Understand federal and state rules, regulations and procedures for IFSPs/IEPs, including role and function of service coordinator
5. Understand need for and respect privacy/confidentiality
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Each student will demonstrate:
Knowledge of the dynamics, roles and relationships within families and communities
Knowledge of a range of family-oriented services and family resources within the community setting
Knowledge of structures supporting interagency collaboration including interagency agreements, referrals, and consultation
The skills necessary to establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with families
The skills necessary to involve parents in assessing and planning for the needs of their children
Knowledge of the differences in family structures and social and cultural backgrounds
REQUIREMENTS:
PREREQUISITES: Junior or Senior Standing; CHILD 210 or SOC 210. ECSE and Child Development Majors must also have completed CHILD 310 and ECSE 100.
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002