Partnering Successfully with Non-Traditional Families and Caregivers 3

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Partnering Successfully with Non-Traditional Families and Caregivers:

Partnering Successfully with Non-Traditional Families and Caregivers Rebecca Lamar Montgomery County Community College

Some big words…:

Some big words… When it comes to providing great care, you have to know a few words-


Family NOUN a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage: a person or people related to one and so to be treated with a special loyalty or intimacy:


Culture noun 1 . the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. 2. the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.


Belief Noun 1. something believed ; an opinion or conviction : a belief that the earth is flat. 2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy of belief.


Attitude noun 1 . manner, disposition, feeling , position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes. 2. position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action , emotion, etc.: a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude

Connecting it all:

Connecting it all Family=group of individuals Culture=the behaviors and beliefs of that group Belief=an opinion formed of the group Attitude=manner or feeling based on that opinion

Who has control over what?:

Who has control over what?

Families vs. Program:

Families vs. Program Family=group of individuals-(CHILDREN/FAMILIES) Culture=the behaviors and beliefs of that group(CHILDREN/FAMILIES ) Belief=an opinion formed of the group (TEACHER/PROGRAM) Attitude=manner or feeling based on that opinion (TEACHER/PROGRAM)

So where does culture start?:

So where does culture start? Bronfenbrenner theory Socioecological Exposure Experience affirmation

Bronfenbrenner Sociocultural Theory:

Bronfenbrenner Sociocultural Theory

How does it connect with Child Development?:

How does it connect with Child Development? Social development Emotional development Physical development Cognitive development

Family Research::

Family Research: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family.  In 2016, 82.18 million families were living in the U.S.

Research says::

Research says:  researchers estimate that 40-50% of all first marriages and 60% of second marriages will end in divorce. Between 1960 and 1996, the proportion of all children under age 18 who were living with two married parents decreased steadily, from 85 to 68 percent,  but by 2012 it had decreased to 64 percent .

Research says::

Research says: In 2015, seven percent of all children lived in the home of their grandparents.  In 1960, the proportion of children living in mother-only families was eight percent, but by 1996 that proportion had tripled, to 24 percent In 2015, there were 3.3 million cohabiting couples (unmarried) with children under 18 . The proportion living without either parent (with either relatives or with non-relatives) has remained steady, at approximately four percent.

It also says: :

It also says:   In 2017, about 19.97 million children in the United States lived with one parent, approximately 16.77 million of them with their mother only . Today, 40% of families with children under 18 at home include mothers who earn the majority of the family income. 18  This share is up from 11% in 1960 and 34% in 2000 **three-quarters of parents say they discipline often, while about four-in-ten say they often take away privileges (43%) or give a “timeout” (41% of parents with kids younger than 6). About one-in-five (22%) parents say they often raise their voice or yell at their kids, and 4% say they turn to spanking often as a way to discipline their kids .

The Good News::

The Good News: About half (48%) of working parents with at least one child younger than 6 say their children attend day care or preschool, while 45% say their kids are cared for by a family member when the parents are at work Nearly half (45%) of parents with at least one child younger than 6 say that they have a child who attends a day care, preschool or pre-kindergarten program. An overwhelming majority of these parents (89%) say that, in the 12 months prior to the survey, they talked to a teacher or caregiver at their child’s day care or preschool about their child’s development.

Respecting Families- individualized programming:

Respecting Families- individualized programming Meet children and families at their level Set children and families up for success Reward good choices not just good results Track improvement

Let them know what to expect-:

Let them know what to expect- Establish classroom routines and procedures . Classroom routines and procedures have a two-fold purpose. First , they help ensure a predictable, safe, classroom environment by teaching students specific behaviors for specific circumstances. Routines also maximize overall classroom efficiency by allowing you to spend more time on instruction.

Include Everyone-:

Include Everyone- Create a classroom community. Successful teachers develop a sense of team and unity Building a strong sense of community involves establishing a respectful tone as the authority figure in the classroom and inspiring students to “bond” with their peers,

STOP Strategy:

STOP Strategy

S-simplify :

S-simplify Keep it super simple Makes sense to everyone Can relate to specific activity Is literal

T-Talk A LOT!!:

T-Talk A LOT!! Talk frequently with families concerning their culture Review it and find ways to incorporate it Review it with other staff Give families the opportunity to share


O-Observe Observe what indicators may show you you need more information Watch for behavior changes Watch for communication styles Record your thoughts

P-Partner with effort:

P-Partner with effort Provide lots of opportunity to partner with families Intentional praise Meaningful moments of understanding Reinforce and double check your understanding

Are you ready to stop?:

Are you ready to stop ?


Remember: We celebrate progress not perfection We are committed to the best interest of the child We need a partnership It’s ok to ask for help Resources, resources, resources Celebrate even the littlest improvement YOU CAN DO THIS!!


References: “America’s Families and Living Arrangements”. Table UC3, FG1, and FG3. Available at: html The PEW Foundation., 2015. Parenting in America retrieved from / https://

Create a Community of Practice:

Create a Community of Practice

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