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Partnerships: Families and Communities in Early Childhood, 6th Edition

By Lynn Wilson
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ISBN-10: 0176594310
ISBN-13: 9780176594312
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 6th

Partnerships: Families and Communities in Early Childhood, Sixth Canadian Edition, is designed to encourage the development of authentic, meaningful, and respectful relationships with families. With a strong emphasis on working in early learning centres and school environments, this resource provides strategies for building positive relationships between parents and teachers. Through engaging features such as Inside Look boxes, updated statistics from the 2016 census, and in-depth discussions around the increasing diversity of Canadian society and the education system, students develop a strong base to build meaningful and active relationships with both the children and family members once they are in the real world of childcare centres.


  • *NEW* Additional information is included about LGBTQ, teen, separated and divorced, blended, single and widowed families.
  • *NEW* A new discussion on military families and the challenges they may face has been added to Chapter 9.
  • *NEW* Updated to contain the most up-to-date Statistics Canada and census data, with discussions on topics including new immigrants and refugees, maternity and childcare, government initiatives with respect to Truth and Reconciliation, and sustainable development goals.
  • *NEW* The sixth Canadian edition presents expanded discussions about the face of families in Canada in the twenty-first century, with coverage of LGBTQ families, families with members who are incarcerated, and multi-generational families living in one home.
  • *NEW* Inside Look boxes provide insight into teachers' and professionals' ECE field experiences with practical, real-world examples and ideas for proven, successful programs.
  • *NEW* Chapter 2 includes an update on government initiatives, including private home care, the use of nannies, child care, and national programs designed to support children and their families.
  • *NEW* Chapter 3 has an expanded section on the role of men in early childhood education.
  • *NEW* Chapter 9 includes more information on Indigenous families, multiracial families, older families, and grandparents raising their grandchildren.
  • The in-depth exploration of Canadian society's increasing diversity offers expanded discussions about Indigenous families and Head Start programs that reflect current issues in the field.
  • Partnerships embraces the fact that the relationship between home and daycare/school has changed through its unique firsthand accounts from students, teachers, and family members, and how all associated work together.

Table of Contents

  • A Note on the Text
  • Chapter 1: The Changing Face of Canadian Families
  • Chapter 2: Supports to Children and Families
  • Chapter 3: Building Effective Partnerships
  • Chapter 4: Laying the Foundation
  • Chapter 5: Ways to Involve Families
  • Chapter 6: Verbal Communication with Families
  • Chapter 7: Formal Family Meetings
  • Chapter 8: Staying Connected
  • Chapter 9: Families We May Meet
  • Chapter 10: Families in Transition: Issues Facing Many Families
  • Chapter 11: Working with Families: An International Perspective
  • Index
  • Exhibits List
  • Exhibit 1.1 Canada: A Quiz
  • Exhibit 1.2 A Mother?s Memories of Poverty
  • Exhibit 2.1 How Do I Find a Good Home Child-Care Arrangement?
  • Exhibit 3.1 What Makes Relationships Work?
  • Exhibit 3.2 Parents? Common Bond
  • Exhibit 4.1 Two Different First Impressions
  • Exhibit 4.2 Sample Item from Observation Sheet
  • Exhibit 4.3 Sample Orientation Week for Younger Children in Care Situations
  • Exhibit 4.4 Transitioning Children to New Playrooms
  • Exhibit 5.1 How Effectively Are Men Involved in Your Program?
  • Exhibit 5.2 Organizing Effective Meetings: A Checklist
  • Exhibit 5.3 Celebrations: A Questionnaire for Families
  • Exhibit 6.1 Nothing Succeeds Like Success: Strategies for Improving Communication
  • Exhibit 6.2 Building Meaningful Family?Teacher Interactions
  • Exhibit 8.1 Guidelines for Written Communication
  • Exhibit 9.1 Family Diversity in Canada
  • Exhibit 9.2 Supporting Immigrant or Refugee Families: An Information Checklist
  • Exhibit 9.3 Talking with Your Child about Adoption: Guidance for Adoptive Parents
  • Exhibit 10.1 How to Help Children Who Have Experienced Abuse

Author Information

Lynn Wilson

Lynn Wilson was a well-respected faculty member at George Brown College. She has also previously taught in primary classrooms, including in a full-day kindergarten program in a child-care environment. She has visited childcare centres throughout western Canada as a director of a Child Care Initiatives Fund project for Health and Welfare Canada on extended-hour childcare. In cooperation with Ryerson University's School of Early Childhood Education, she delivered training workshops with colleagues to front-line teachers in Bosnia during the summers of 1999 and 2000. Wilson was the Technical advisor on a five-year partnership project in Early Childhood Education in Jamaica with the Association of Community Colleges—her work there continues with additional funding received in 2008. In 2006, Wilson won a National Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.