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Effectively working with children and families often requires collaborating with organizations in the community that can assist in meeting the needs of the child, within the context of their family. This often extends beyond academic needs and can include support services that go beyond the program’s or school’s capabilities. In previous weeks, you have explained the importance of promoting community involvement. This week, you will identify resources that will help your program implement these potential partnerships. You might think of this as a community resource scavenger hunt! For this section of your Guidebook, you will collect artifacts (resources, materials, and information) from potential community partners. As you prepare for this assignment, you may want to consider the following:
< < 1. What is your desired work environment (Daycare, Pre-k Program, Head Start etc.)? < 2. The geographical location of your desired environment. < 3. The demographics of the children, families, and communities with whom you will work. < 4. Access (either physically or virtually) the community in which your desired work environment is located, < 5. Collect artifacts (resources, materials, and information) that you can share with the children and families who need them. < 6. Include a minimum of three resources. < < Content Expectations: < < 1. Title page (Children, Families, and Communities Guidebook) must include: < 2. Your name < 3. The course number and title < 4. Instructor’s name < 5. Month, day, and year of submission < 6. At least one relevant image < 7. Using the Ideas for Teachers: Creating Resource Files, located in Chapter 12 of the course text, as a guide: < 8. List the internal and external stakeholders (key players). < 9. Provide a rational for the inclusion of your stakeholders, including a description of how the children and families you work with can benefit from the talents and/or resources of the stakeholder. < 10. Provide one artifact for each of your selected community agencies (pamphlets, referral information, etc.), < 11. Explain the types of services or support each agency provides. < 12. Include a family and community involvement plan, explaining how you will get families and the community involved in your efforts. < I HAVE COPIED AND PASTED SOME INFORMATION TO HELP WITH THIS ASSIGNMENT BELOW MAKESURE TO ADD IMAGES FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT AS WELL < < collaborate with other staff on compiling a file of pamphlets and referral information for all community resource agencies. The following is a sample of agencies that could be included: < < 1. Hotlines for crisis intervention < < 2. Child care resource and referral agency < < 3. Child abuse prevention agencies and parent support groups < < 4.Educational options within the community < < 5. Head Start < < 6. Afterschool programs—public and private < < 7. Literacy council < < 8. Early intervention services and screening agencies < < 9. Library resources for families, including toy-lending libraries and computers < < 10. Individual and family counseling agencies < < 11. Food banks and other crisis assistance < < 12. Red Cross < < 14. Employment counseling/training < < 15. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) < < 16. Human services or welfare offices < < 17. Health care services and clinics < < 18. Hospitals < < 19. Mental health/cognitive disability services < < 20. Recreation sources for families < < 21. Planned Parenthood < < 22. Parenting support groups, including for newborns, parents of multiples, adoptive families, children with special needs, and grief support < < 23. Parents Without Partners < < 24. United Way agencies, such as counseling and other services < < 25. Big Brothers/Big Sisters

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