What is Family Engagement: Best Practices for Working with Families who have Infants

What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module?  Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

 
 
 

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  1. The best practices from the video TAPS: Partnerships with Families Part 1 of 5 (2012), Janani and Rukmini discuss that partnership it’s all about developing solid professional relationships with the family. Sharing decision making by trusting and respecting one another and having continual open and honest conversations to solve challenges. When there is open communication between the parent and the caregiver they can come into the best terms for the child. Like the parent was saying in the video she feels like Rukmini’s family daycare is the best place for her children because it is a place she trusts for leaving them, and that is achieved by having ongoing communication and a strong relationship between caregiver and family (parent). The mom was concerned about the child not sleeping through the night. She communicated that to Rukmini and the child started to have shorter naps at school. Rukmini said to the mom the child was not eating enough of the lunch the mom sent and she started sending more alternatives.

    The best practice from the reading, Halgunseth (2009) since the two most influential environments in which a child develops are home and their childhood education programs there should be a strong partnerships between parents and caregivers for academic success. Trust is necessary between the family and the caregiver because if there is no trust the commitment between this relationship will be lost and so the engagement. When there is a strong program family partnership families are engaged and this benefits the children. There are a few things you may do to improve family engagement; Integrate culture and community, provide a welcoming environment, strive for program family partnerships, provide family resources and reinforce program standards.

    1. Madeline — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how do you think that Rukmini — or any infant teacher — develops open, trusting, sharing, respect relationships with families

  2. According to the video responses of Rukmini and Janani the best practices with famailies would include developing a partnership beyond family involvement to build trust and respect which in return would encourage the parents to be more open and honest with their communication about their child’s home life or prior developments . This will also make the teachers feel more comfortable informing parents about a child’s daily interactions and behaviors and the child’s overall developmental process . These type of partnerships allow parents and teachers to set the standards for the child as a collective and work together in order to help the child reach every goal .

    I can apply this information with infants by speaking daily with parents about their child every afternoon . Requesting for parents to do weekly check ins with me in regards to their child to discuss their development , changes , behaviors , and responses to certain things . Lastly , I can create a open enviorment that makes parents eager to speak with me about the classroom setting and their child.

    1. Jayda — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teachers develop partnerships with families? I wonder, how can infant teacher encourage families to be open & honest with teachers? I wonder, what would an “open environment” (Tatum, 2022) that makes families eager to speak with you about their child & class setting look like?

  3. Some of the best practices I learned is from the Video where Janani was talking about her school. I think the way she talks to and involves the parents is so important because it helps to better understand the child in order to help them. I really like the way she writes down when the child eats, naps and even when they get their diaper changes. this makes the families feel comfortable and show that you are a trustworthy caretaker.

    1. Jenna — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, what were some of the other ways that Janani mentioned to involved families that you could see yourself using?

  4. According to the article Halgunseth (2009) a child’s most influential environments are divided into two places which are the child’s home and the program. Some of the best practices I’ve learned were the difference between parent involvement and parent engagement and the things that makes parent engagement beneficial for the child. A healthy partnership that is builded on trust and respect it’s something that needs commitment from both parties the educators and the families. A strong program-family partnership leads to high family engagement which eventually leads to positive child and family outcomes.

    I’ve learned about some of the recommendations educators,administrators and other program staff can use to enhance family engagement programs. some of this recommendations were to integrate culture and community, provide a welcoming environment, strive for program-family partnerships, make a commitment to outreach , provide family resources and referrals, and lastly, to set and reinforce program standards. these recommendations are uniquely helpful because it could be the beginning of a partnership.

    After reading Halgunseth (2009) I can apply this information to my classroom by allowing the families and myself to go over what outcomes they expect from the program and keeping my options open for any concern they may have regarding the environment. I think that having this type of partnership not only benefit the family but also the child and his education.

    1. Juana — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teacher build trust and respect with families? Clarifying expectations is an important part of developing relationships with families.

  5. What are the best practices this week was relationship with families are very important and you have to continue that and have a trust and bond with the family. Relationship with families are going to because it benefits the child and the child is what needs everything.

  6. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.
    => The best practice is the video for working with families who have infants because in this video Janani and Rukmini discussed that the key to a successful partnership is building trusting working connections with the parents and children. Teachers will be more confident in educating parents about their children’s daily interactions and behaviors as well as their general developing process as a result of the collaboration. They allow parents and teachers to establish high expectations for their children and collaborate to help them achieve their full potential.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?
    => I can apply the information to families who have infants by speaking when they will pick up their children from my classroom. I will inform them about how their children are developing their cognitive skills, language, and gross/motor skills.

  7. This weeks module of some of the best practices are forming partnerships with the families and having the family engage with the schools. Partnerships helps both the parents and the educators care for the children, and builds trust with one another. Family engagement helps them be involved with their children and see what they are doing inside and see what they can do as parents to better help their children.

  8. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    Help child belong in the environment. Having interactions with families create relationships. Making differences in children’s life. Getting as much information from families to give clear pictures of a child. I can apply families who have infants by making the parents and children feel welcomed in the childcare center. A teacher and family engagement brings out a healthy relationship for the child.

    1. Khadii — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teachers help children & families feel as though they belong and have interactions that create relationships?

  9. Communication, family participation, and collaborations, not just with the parents but also with the program, are critical best practices for working with families who have infants. Often, there is a lack of communication between the program and the educators, which leads to problems between the program and the staff, which then affects the parents. For the sake of the child’s best interests, all parties concerned should maintain an open line of communication about any concerns or queries about the child’s care.

    1. Mehnaz — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teachers develop & maintain open & ongoing communication with families?

  10. in this module partnerships is very important because like that we can create a good connection with the family and the child so we can have a better picture of the child. also communication with the parents is very important because like that the educators are able to help the childs better .

  11. According to Halgunseth (2009), the best practices when working with families who have infants is develop a partnership between families and educators. This is done by offering and encouraging family engagement. This is where families can advocate at school and take part in decision making opportunities.
    Engagement can build a mutual trust between families and teachers.

    1. Ari — Thanks for your comment in this activity. You provide a clear definition of family engagement. I wonder, how can infant teachers support families to be engaged in the program?

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