|Diversity and Common Obstacles|
Chapter 10 begins, â€œin todayâ€™s United States, there is no typical family; rather, there is a vast diversity of family structures in which children develop and learnâ€ (Wardle, 2013, p. 274). Our classroom, families, and children are reflective of this statement. Early care and education programs have a crucial role in supporting all families and â€œby supporting the family, we support the childâ€ (Wardle, 2013, p. 283).
Reflecting on these quotes from the textbook, choose two common obstacles that families face from the list below and explain how you will work with families to overcome this obstacle.
- Children with developmental delays
- Problems with substance abuse by family member
- Grandparents raising children and generational issues
- Lack of extended family support
- Communication difficulties
- Cultural conflicts between the family and program
- New immigrant status
For each of the obstacles you have chosen, complete the following prompt with critical thought and elaboration. Each obstacle should have a minimum of two ways that you will support families who are facing the challenge.
As an early childhood educator, in an effort to support families who ________________, I will _____________.