Understanding Diverse Families [CLOs: 1, 2]
As an early childhood professional, you have the opportunity to support children; this includes creating and maintaining effective relationships with families. According to the NAEYC, educators should be skillful in building family and community partnerships. Each programs should support reciprocal, respectful, and collaborative relationships with families (NAEYC, 2007). As an educator, it is crucial that you recognize the diversity of the students and families who are involved in the early childhood setting, while also understand the importance of developing and maintaining relationships that nurture this diversity. For this discussion, please review the 10 NAEYC Program Standards (Links to an external site.) and read the Gestwicki course text: Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Writing from the perspective of an early childhood professional, address the requirements listed below. You must use at least one scholarly resource to support your response. Please review the MAECEL Source Guide to better understand how to identify scholarly resources.
In your post be sure to address the following: Identify at least three types of diversity (family configurations, culture/ethnicity, poverty, homelessness, children with special needs, etc.) that might be present among the families in your care. Explain why it is beneficial to understand the diverse groups represented in early childhood programs. As an early childhood education professional, elaborate on how you will demonstrate cultural competence when supporting diverse children and families in your care. Discuss at least two specific strategies that implement your respect for the diversity of the families in your care.