Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 University Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 University Bulletin
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ECE 503 - Child, Family, And Community Relations

3 Credit Hours
The purpose of this course is to assist candidates in developing the necessary skills to work cooperatively with families and community members. This starts with the understanding that all young children are fully functioning members of a diverse and multicultural school, family and community. In this class, candidates gain insight into family perspectives and experiences by examining the social, economic, legislative and technological impacts on children and families, including families with special needs children. They evaluate existing support services and service delivery models in the school and community with respect to diversity, exceptionality, and family health and well being. A particular emphasis is placed on strategies to promote and assure effective communication, collaboration and consultation between home, school and community. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, social-ecological framework and assessment, life-span development in relation to life history and historical moments, community resources, programs, and service personnel, cultural sensitivity, family demographics, family systems theory, family stressors and grievance, intergenerational family assessment, child abuse and neglect, collaborative and communicative techniques, professional ethics, legal rights of parents, teachers and students in the school system, legislation and advocacy.

Listed also as SPED 503  



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