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ECE 2200 Families, Communities & Schools

This course focuses on identifying different methods for family and community partnerships, ways to foster family engagement in the classroom, and resources to support the needs of diverse families.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Education
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE   Approval of Department and Open to ELEE majors. 


  • Describe the importance of establishing and maintaining positive, productive and collaborative relationships with families and ways to create partnerships that respect family's choices and goals for children.
  • Describe the availability and accessibility of community services, supports, and agencies and their impact on the child, family and community.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of respectful dialogue when involving families in the assessment of their child's development and learning.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the uniqueness of family structures and social and cultural backgrounds, identities, and customs to create foundations for learning.
  • Describe the role of advocacy within the community to support and strengthen children and families.
  • Describe the relationship between family involvement and student learning.
  • Describe use of communication in the process of family/educational setting/community relations and involvement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ecology of the child (e.g. socioeconomic, home environment, etc.) through an exploration of present practices of family/educational setting/community and the impact on child development.
  • Demonstrate the abilitiy to plan experiences that involve families and communities by providing opportunities and resources to promote child development and learning.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3