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North Idaho College • Internet • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Child Development

Professional Partnerships - Families, Schools, and Community CHD-150

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 01

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 08/24/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Lesley Schoch

Office: Children Center Rm 110
Phone: 208-769-5909

Office Hours:

Monday, Thursday, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Children's Center Rm 110
Friday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Children's Center Rm 110
Sunday, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, INTERNET OFFICE HOURS


This course will cover the essentials for professionally managing an effective early care and education program or classroom by developing partnerships among staff, family, and community members. Topics include the design and implementation of contracts and policies, record keeping, communication strategies, family involvement, professional affiliations, and the importance of collaboration to supporting typically and atypically developing children and their families. Students will become aware of the impact personal attitudes and philosophies have on building partnerships, solving problems, and resolving conflicts. Students will become familiar with the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and its practical application. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Home, School and Community

Author: Carol Gestwicki
Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage
Edition: 7
ISBN: 1-4354-0108-5

Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code

Author: Stephanie Feeney & Nancy K. Freeman
Publisher: NAEYC
Edition: 2005 Code Edition
ISBN: 1928896278


CHD 150 Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

Identify personal beliefs and perspectives regarding families and parenting skills and styles.
Understanding will be assessed through
 Text information and class handouts
 Class discussions
 Hands-on activities

Create effective, professional contracts and policies that support the parent-provider partnership
Understanding will be assessed through
 Comparison of a variety of child care contracts and policies
 Large and small group discussion
 Class assignments

Describe a variety of techniques to facilitate effective communications and collaborations with families, co-workers, colleagues, organizations and agencies
Understanding will be assessed through
 Class discussions
 Hands-on activities
 Group project

Apply the early childhood education profession's code of ethical conduct when considering ethical dilemmas
Understanding will be assessed through
 Class activities and discussions that explore values and ethics
 Response activities to ethical dilemmas



A=720-800 points

B=640-720 points

C=560-640 points

D=480-560 points

F=Under 480 points


Week One:  Introduction

  • Course introduction
  • Participant introduction
  • Family diversity

Week Two: Families of the New Century

  • What defines a family?
  • Demographics and trends of modern families
  • The roles and responsibilities that shape parents today

Week Three:  Family Involvement in Education

  • How family involvement began and evolved
  • Perspectives of family involvement
  • The connection between child development research and family involvement

Week Four:  Benefits and Barriers to Professional Partnerships

  • How partnerships benefit children, parents and teachers
  • The differences between parenting and teaching
  • Potential barriers to partnerships 

Week Five: Good Beginnings  

  • Initial contact between teacher, parent, and child
  • Overcoming separation anxieties
  • The importance of daily communication methods

 Week Six:  Formal Partnerships

  • Teachers in the family’s environment
  • Parents in the school’s environment
  • Educational opportunities and conferences

Week Seven: Partnerships and Special Circumstances

  • Partnerships with families with diverse needs
  • Children with special needs
  • You and theADA

Week Eight:  Making Partnerships Work

  • Troubleshooting potential problems
  • Resolving conflict
  • Competency Goals for Family-School Relationships 

Week Nine: Business 101

  • Building business relationships that are caring and respectful
  • Organizing and planning in the classroom
  • Keeping records to ensure a well-run program

Week Ten: Business Necessities

  • Contracts and Policies
  • Parent Handbooks
  • Knowing the rules and regulations that guide and protect children

Week Eleven: Big on Business

  • The economic realities of Early Childhood Education
  • A look at marketing and early childhood business
  • Competency Goals for Organizing and Running an Early Childhood Educational Program

Week Twelve: A Focus on Professionalism

  • Teaching as a profession
  • National and Statewide efforts to improve early childhood education
  • Opportunities to improve personal and professional growth
  • Organizations that support, educate and promote professionalism

Week Thirteen: Ethics in Early Childhood Education

  • Defining Ethics
  • Ethical responsibilities to children
  • Ethical responsibilities to families

Week Fourteen: Ethics and the Work Environment

  • Ethical responsibilities to self
  • Ethical responsibilities to colleagues

Week Fifteen: Ethics and Community: A Focus on Professionalism

  • Ethical responsibilities to community and society
  • Finding resources in your community

Week Sixteen: Finals Week

  • Competency Goals to Maintain a Commitment to Professionalism

Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.