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Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Emerita, Napa Valley College
For courses in Parents/Home-School Relations and Multicultural and Multiethnic Early Childhood Education.
50 Early Childhood Strategies for Working and Communicating with Diverse Families is a practical and easy to use text. The book presents key concepts, discusses them in research-based, accessible prose, and provides useful strategies to facilitate communication and collaboration. The book focuses on family-centered care and education for young children and emphasizes partnering with families. Many of the strategies in this text address ideas about how to create a climate of trust by communicating in a collaborative way. The goal is to create inclusive programs that respect and honor differences in families and individuals. Students will love the fifty short chapters with information they can apply immediately. At the heart of all these strategies lies the welfare of the child.
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1. Advocacy: Parents as Advocates for Their Own Children
2. Advocacy: Parents Becoming Advocates for All Children
3. Advocacy: Parents Concerned about School Readiness
4. Antibias Environment
7. Attitudes of Professionals: Examining and Adjusting One's Own
8. Authority: Adult Behaviors Related To
9. Authority: Teacher or Parent-Who Has It When?
10. Behavior Changes: Talking with Parents About
11. Care and Education: The Link
12. Care and Education Practices: When Conflicts Arise
13. Communication: Nonverbal Across Cultures
14. Communication: Through Writing
15. Community: Creating a Sense of
16. Community Resources: Referrals
17. Competition: Parents and Professionals
19. Conferences: Cross-Cultural
20. Conflict Management
21. Conversations: Ongoing--With Families
22. Culturally Responsive Care and Education
23. Decision-Making Boards and Councils: Parents' Roles In
25. Environments for Communication
26. Family Participation
27. Family Support Services
28. Fathers: Focusing On
29. First Meeting with Families
30. Home Visits
31. Immigrant Families
32. Inclusion of Families of Children with Special Needs
34. Parent Complaints: Working With
35. Parent Education: A Transformative Approach
36. Parents in the Center or Classroom
37. Partnerships: Building Them With Families
38. Separation: Helping Children and Families
39. Special Situations: Divorce in the Family
40. Special Situations: Families Referred for Abusing or Neglecting Their Children
41. Special Situations: Grandparents as Parents
42. Special Situations: Parents Who Appear Hostile
43. Strengths: Focus On
44. Talking with Families When Concerns Arise
45. Transitions: Helping Parents Help Their Child Enter the Program
46. Transitions: Managing the End of the Day
47. Transitions: Moving On
48. Treating All Families WithRespect: Including Same-Sex Parents
49. Understanding and Appreciating Differences
50. Working With Families Around What You Believe are Harmful Practices
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Janet Gonzalez-Mena taught in the California university and community college systems for 35 years. She was on the full-time faculty at Napa Valley College in the Child and Family Studies Department for 15 years until her retirement. Janet started her early childhood career in a cooperative preschool as a parent volunteer back in 1966. She became a preschool teacher and taught in three types of programs including Head Start, a program for Spanish-speaking children and their families and a home-based preschool program. Later she became a director of child care programs and helped open several pilot projects including a therapeutic child care program and an infant-center.
Besides preschool, Janet’s special interests include working with parents, diversity, family child care, and infants. In the 1970’s she studied with Magda Gerber, an infant expert from Hungary. Recently she has studied at the Pikler Institute in Budapest where Magda came from. Janet has written 4 ECE textbooks, plus a book on diversity and 2 parenting books, including a humorous one that is called Dragon Mom. Presently Janet is involved in helping create a training project called “Strengthening Family and Professional Partnerships” with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2002 she co-authored Bridging Cultures in ECE, a training manual, also for WestEd. She has been on the faculty of WestEd’s Program for Infant-Toddler Care training of trainer institutes since 1991. Since 1998 she has been on the faculty of Beginning Together, another training of trainer institute for helping professionals learn to include children with special needs in early care and education programs.
Janet lives in a multicultural family in a state where there is no longer a majority culture. In California, everyone now is a minority. Janet earned a B.A. in English from University of California, Davis (1959) and a M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College (1976).
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