Early childhood education professionals may undertake significant efforts to design and provide culturally relevant and anti-bias environments, but still fall short in fostering environments in which children are fully inclusive of others and free of prejudice. Educators and early childhood leaders need to understand and be respectful in creating and maintaining culturally relevant and anti-bias early learning environments.
Imagine you are an early childhood educator or an early childhood administrator who has received the four surveys below from families. After you read through the surveys, select one family that you want to use for this discussion.
Write a transcript responding to common questions that a family such as you selected would tend to bring up at a parent-teacher conference, based on the survey data and your experience as an educator or an administrator.
Examples are shown below. Provide five questions, which may be selected from the list below, derived from your experience, or a combination of both. Each response should include a fact from the survey.
- What resources are available to help my child learn language?
- What support and resources can you share to help support obstacles children might be facing?
- How can I support my child’s learning in the classroom?
- How can I help support my child at home?
- How will you be sure to include all children in the learning despite their differences?
- What role do families play in the early childhood environment?
- What are some of the activities that you will use to help children learn respect?
- How do you deal with bias in the classroom?
- Do you have any suggestions that could help families with education, literacy, or mentoring?
- Can you suggest online resources for family learning?
After you choose five questions, develop and deliver your responses to each in the following format:
- Provide a question asked by the parent on the top line of each section.
- Provide and comment on your response to each question, including the following components:
- Summarize your response to the family’s question.
- Explain and defend your response, providing evidence and support from the course textbook.
- Provide an example illustrating how your response would play out in an early learning environment.
- Cite at least one website for each question that could serve as a resource for you as an educator or that you could share with parents.
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UNFORMATTED ATTACHMENT PREVIEW
The purpose of this survey is to obtain your insight about how to better understand the needs of our children and families. Your feedback is very important and will be kept confidential. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. This information is very helpful, as we continue to develop a partnership to care for and educate our children together. If you would prefer to complete this form directly with one of our staff members, we can arrange a time to talk with you about this information. Please fill out only one survey per family. 1. What descriptor best describes you? a. Parent b. Foster Parent c. Grandparent/Guardian d. Teen parent e. Other________________ 2. Your gender/sex: a. Male b. Female 3. Your age: a. 15 and under b. 16-‐21 c. 22-‐27 d. 28-‐33 e. 34-‐39 f. 40-‐45 g. 46-‐51 h. 52-‐58 i. Over 60 4. Your ethnicity/race: a. White b. African-‐American c. Asian/Pacific Islander d. Native American e. Alaskan f. Hispanic g. Other__________ 5. What is the primary language spoken in your home? a. English b. Spanish c. Other_________ 6. What is your marital status? a. Single b. Married c. Divorced d. Separated e. Living with my partner f. Widowed g. Other__________ 7. Who lives in your home? Mother, child, and one sibling 8. Number of children in the home? Ages Child(ren) 0 to 2 years old 1 3 to 5 years old 1 (Child) 6 to 13 years old 14 to 17 years old 9. What is your education and employment status (check all that apply)? Mother Education Status Some High School High School Graduate Vocational School X Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Graduate Degree/Advanced Graduate Degree Mother Employment Status X Employed full-‐time Employed full-‐time Seeking employment Unemployed Pursuing Education/Professional Training Other _______________ 10. Does your family live: a. Alone as a family b. With relatives c. With friends d. In a shelter e. Homeless f. Other_______ Father X Father X 11. Do you have health insurance? a. Yes b. No 12. Does your child(ren) have health insurance? a. Yes b. No 13. If you don’t have insurance, are you eligible for Medicaid? a. No b. Yes c. Don’t know 14. Does your family have reliable transportation? a. No b. Yes, car c. Yes, carpool or ride sharing d. Yes, public transportation e. Other________________ 15. What type(s) of childcare are you currently using? a. No other childcare used b. Older siblings c. Relatives d. Babysitter in the home e. Babysitter outside the home f. Other___________ About how many hours per week is your child (ren) in child care? ____40+ hours_____________ 16. What is your annual household income? a. Less than $10,000 b. $10,000 -‐ $14,999 c. $15,000 -‐ $24,999 d. $25,000 -‐ $34,999 e. $35,000 -‐ $44,999 f. $45,000 -‐ $54,999 g. Over $60,000 17. Do you receive Public Assistance? a. No b. Medicaid c. Social Security d. Food Stamps e. Housing f. Workers Compensation g. Unemployment Benefits h. Other_________________ 18. Where would you like to receive support (Circle all that apply): a. Education b. Employment services c. Food and nutrition support d. Health-‐related or medical help e. Budgeting or stretching income f. Housing improvements g. Resources in community h. Emergency rent, utility or shelter help i. Transportation j. Divorce Support Group k. English as a Second Language 19. Which community resources do you use or wish to use (Check all that apply): Use Currently Would like to use Community organizations X Crisis intervention & counseling Education, literacy & mentoring Employment & training Mental health services Information & referral Substance abuse treatment Emergency assistance (food, etc) Child welfare & foster care Law enforcement Culture & art Transportation Family support services X Public health services (IHS) Legal aid Recreation Youth Boys and Girls Club Churches & Spiritual organizations 20. How would you like to be involved in your child’s school experience? a. Helping in the classroom b. Helping with field trips and special events c. Serving on Parent Committee d. Translating, verbal or written e. Special Projects f. At Home Projects g. Other______________________