Through the Lens of Culture: Envisioning Effective Powerful Partnerships Between Black Families and Early Childhood Programs……
This an article I received from www.nbcdi.org….
This article focused on the task of engagement with Black families requires acknowledging and harnessing the passion, energy, values, beliefs, and commitment Black families bring to rearing and educating their children and partnering with them to create meaningful, powerful and authentic relationships that strengthen Black child outcomes.
The author of this article feel for this to happen it will require developing a strengths perspective and dismantling deficit perceptions regarding Black families, understanding Black culture(s) and diversity, developing the capacity of early childhood practitioners, administrators and other professionals to work effectively with Black families, and committing time, energy, hard work and resources to building and sustaining family-school partnerships.
I also agree with the author, I think the lack of cultural knowledge build a gap between teachers and student and families and schools. This topic is very important to me because I work closely with the teacher, parents, and students and I see the disconnection. In many cases, I have to be the mediator between families and teacher. This for me is not ok because the students and teachers are with each other all day.
The relationship has to be strengthened. Based on the article the need to strengthen Black family-school relationships is based on five factors: 1) the prevalence of Black children (birth to age 8) in non-familial care and education settings in the United States; 2) the persistence of racial disparities and poorer educational and developmental outcomes for Black children, compared to Asian American and White children on a range of developmental (e.g., low birth weight) and educational (e.g., 4th grade reading and math achievement) measures; 3) the demographic imperative in which children of color, including Black children, are transforming the United States into a nation without a single ethnic/racial majority; 4) growing inequality which threatens the economic, political and social well-being of the nation; and 5) research evidence that suggests effective school and family partnerships strengthen educational outcomes, including those for children in poverty.