Family-Centered Services

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Course Description

Units: 3 
Price: $450

EDUC 3368. This course is designed to give you a new perspective on serving the needs of young children and their families. Learn what is meant by family-centered services as applied to diverse systems of care. Gain an understanding of family diversity, and explore the major stress factors facing families today. We will discuss the theoretical basis for family-centered services, as well as reflect on current research and best practice. Examine the role of early childhood educators and explore ways to build partnerships with parents and create communities of care--for the benefit of our children, and ultimately society as a whole.


* Fees are subject to change