Welcome to the Lincoln Elementary School

Parent-Teacher Organization
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Week 5 Final Project
ECE497: Child Development Capstone Course
Instructor: Tracy Reed
August 18, 2014
Why is it Important to be Involved?

As parents, teachers, mentors, counselors, and
partners in the community, it is our responsibility
to make sure that our children will become
successful adults. There are two main things to
focus on:

• How the school can create and sustain partnerships
with families and the community
• How these partnerships influence the learning and
development of children

Elementary School age development
During this time, your child will go through several
changes physically, mentally, and socially
• Physically: Stronger bones and muscles, taller,
better coordination
• Mentally: Logical thinking, reading skills, fears
• Socially: Desire for family acceptance, desire for
friends, eager to learn

The Role of the Child Development Professional
Child development professionals
understand and respond to challenges
presented by today’s diverse student
population. They are an integral part
of the entire educational program.
They provide leadership that engages
the parents, teachers, and the
community to help students achieve
success. Child development
professionals align themselves with
the school’s mission to support the
academic achievement of all students.
They do this through the design and
development of programs that involve
everyone to support the physical,
mental, and social development of

(Berk, 2013)
“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”
Elementary school years set the
tone for developing the
knowledge, attitudes and skills
necessary for children to become
healthy, competent and confident
learners. Through a
comprehensive developmental
school program, school
counselors work as a team with
the school staff, parents and the
community to create a caring
climate and atmosphere. By
providing education, prevention,
early identification and
intervention, school counselors
can help all children achieve
academic success.
Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological System
Otherwise known as the
Human Ecology Theory, the
Ecological Systems theory
states that human
development is influenced by
the different types of
environmental systems.
Formulated by famous
psychologist Urie
Bronfenbrenner, this theory
helps us understand why we
may behave differently when
we compare our behavior in
the presence of our family and
our behavior when we are in
school or at work. (Berk, 2013)
Epstein’s Types of Involvement
The framework of six types of involvement helps educators develop more
comprehensive programs of school-family-community partnerships.
Each type of involvement includes many different practices of
partnership. Each type has particular challenges that must be met in
order to involve all families, and each type requires redefinitions of some
basic principles of involvement. Finally, each type leads to different
results for students, families, and teachers. (Berk, 2013)

Epstein’s Types of Involvement: Parenting
Assist families with parenting and
child-rearing skills, understanding
child and adolescent development,
and setting home conditions that
support children as students at
each age and grade level. Assist
schools in understanding families.
Home visits may be necessary
along with interpreters so that
everyone is on the same page
during the visit and is familiar with
the physical conditions of the

Epstein’s Types of Involvement: Communicating
Communicate with families
about school programs and
student progress through
effective school-to-home and
communications. Implement
a daily communication log
right away.

Epstein’s Types of Involvement: Volunteering
Improve recruitment,
training, work, and schedules
to involve families as
volunteers and audiences at
the school or in other
locations to support students
and school programs. Make
sure all parents have a
calendar of events right away
so that they may volunteer.


Epstein’s Types of Involvement:
Learning at Home
Involve families with their children in learning activities
at home, including homework and other curriculum-
linked activities and decisions. Make sure that all parents
have a checklist and/or daily planner right away so that
parents are aware of their children’s assignments.


Epstein’s Types of Involvement:
Decision Making
Include families as participants in
school decisions, governance, and
advocacy through, school
councils, committees, and other
parent organizations. Regular
conferences and meetings are
necessary to actively involve the

Epstein’s Types of Involvement:
Collaborating with the community
Coordinate resources and
services for families, students,
and the school with
businesses, agencies, and
other groups, and provide
services to the community.
Make sure the school is
involved with community
events such as community
As parents, teachers, mentors, counselors, and partners in
the community, we have a very important role when it
comes to helping our children transition into successful
adults. Everyone must work together to make that happen.
• Berk, L. E. (2013).Child Development. (9th ed.).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
• Epstein, J. (n.d.). Epstein's Framework of Six Types of
Involvement. Retrieved from:
• National Association for the Education of Young
Children-(NAEYC )Retrieved from: