CREATING NEW PATHWAYS FOR DIALOGUE: COLLABORATION OF DIVERSE VOICES

Annie White

Abstract


Early Head Start is based on the assertion that all children have explicit needs and benefit from a comprehensive developmental program. Children benefit when families and educators work together to support young children’s development. Yet, research indicates parents and educators often do not collaborate about children’s education and can have negative impact on school readiness. This project studied EHS programs that have utilized narrative observations referred to as, Journey of Discoveries to examine collaboration between parents and teachers. The qualitative case study used interview transcripts from three EHS programs. Findings revealed four central themes: (a) connection, (b) partnership, (c) building of relationship, and (d) the value of shared understanding. Findings showed Journey of Discoveries creates a pathway of collaboration for EHS teachers and parents by capturing children’s learning and development through the sharing of narrative observations.


Keywords


Early Head Start; collaboration; partnership; school readiness; learning stories; Journey of Discoveries

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