Chapter 16 Creating Linkages 2007 by Thomson Delmar

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Chapter 16: Creating Linkages © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Chapter 16: Creating Linkages © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Policies for Creating Linkages • • • Toward better communication skills Cultural competency Accessing

Policies for Creating Linkages • • • Toward better communication skills Cultural competency Accessing community resources Developing effective advocacy Creating a caring community for families © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Toward Better Communication Skills • Five Cs of parent relations – – – communication

Toward Better Communication Skills • Five Cs of parent relations – – – communication caring confidentiality common sense consistency © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Toward Better Communication Skills (continued) • Developing trust and respect Be consistent and predictable

Toward Better Communication Skills (continued) • Developing trust and respect Be consistent and predictable – Be supportive and responsive – • Developing a system of communication in child care within child care – with parents – • • • verbal and face to face—best notes after-hours phone calls © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Cultural Competency • Preparing for cultural competence – – – Examine your own feelings

Cultural Competency • Preparing for cultural competence – – – Examine your own feelings Appreciate own uniqueness Help children to appreciate sameness and celebrate differences Understand family values and beliefs of other cultures Create a balance between the dynamics of difference © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Cultural Competency (continued) • Routines, practices, and procedures in care may be unfamiliar to

Cultural Competency (continued) • Routines, practices, and procedures in care may be unfamiliar to or misunderstood by families • In some cultures, there are distinctive differences that can be observed for, and communication style can be adjusted © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Cultural Competency (continued) • Integrate diversity into child care – – – Show diverse

Cultural Competency (continued) • Integrate diversity into child care – – – Show diverse images Include diverse staff Encourage diversity participation from community Initiate self-esteem and well-being activities Respond positively about diversity questions Provide books and storytelling of diversity © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Accessing Community Resources • Survey community for resources – – – public private local

Accessing Community Resources • Survey community for resources – – – public private local and state federal national organizations colleges and universities © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Accessing Community Resources (continued) • Organize resources – Keep a file of available resources

Accessing Community Resources (continued) • Organize resources – Keep a file of available resources © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

 Reality Check—Bananas: A Few People Can Make a Difference • First resource and

Reality Check—Bananas: A Few People Can Make a Difference • First resource and referral agency in the United States – Group of mothers banned together to create it © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

 Reality Check—Bananas: A Few People Can Make a Difference (continued) • One of

Reality Check—Bananas: A Few People Can Make a Difference (continued) • One of the most effective linkages in the nation – – – Nurse handles health and safety issues Provides linkages for parents and caregivers Actively advocates for education Helps deal with special needs Team effort © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Developing Effective Advocacy • For the early childhood education environment teachers for children with

Developing Effective Advocacy • For the early childhood education environment teachers for children with director and families – directors for children with families and community – • For the elementary school – teachers for children with principal and staff © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Developing Effective Advocacy (continued) • For the family home child care provider Approaching family

Developing Effective Advocacy (continued) • For the family home child care provider Approaching family needs good communication – Networking with other family home child caregivers – Child care resource and referrals – © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Developing Effective Advocacy (continued) • For the nanny with families for children – support

Developing Effective Advocacy (continued) • For the nanny with families for children – support group – national organization – • The health advocate – designated health advocate—caregiver © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Developing Effective Advocacy (continued) • Leadership grassroots/local – state – national – © 2007

Developing Effective Advocacy (continued) • Leadership grassroots/local – state – national – © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Creating a Caring Community for Families • Personal interactions Families in care must be

Creating a Caring Community for Families • Personal interactions Families in care must be involved – Realize families are more alike than different – SES level may have a great effect on parenting styles – • Understanding family actions – Look at whole child © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • Teachers must develop mutual trust and

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • Teachers must develop mutual trust and understanding to work with families in a partnership • Team members teacher – family – community resources – © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • Provide atmosphere – – – responsive

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • Provide atmosphere – – – responsive respectful good communication warmth accessibility positive attitude © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • • Survey parents for needs/information Open

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • • Survey parents for needs/information Open dialogue Parent center for information Home visits, if possible © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • Providing linkages to community resources –

Creating a Caring Community for Families (continued) • Providing linkages to community resources – volunteers – using for prevention/intervention – © 2007 by Thomson Delmar Learning