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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Family and Community (360)

48 hours.
Various child care facilities associated with the Caritas Training Center.

September 2005 - June 2021.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss and participate in the various elements in the intake and orientation process with parents, including home visits; evaluate the process and be able to offer ideas and suggestions for improvement; discuss the requirements of the Child Abuse laws, and the referral process for disabilities; conduct the developmental assessment on new children; discuss and use the integrated process of observation, recording and reporting children's progress and relating positively with  parents in the exchange of necessary information regarding their children; convey correct information about the Montessori curriculum and correctly answer questions that parents might ask; use both a traditional process for dealing with challenging behavior and a process that goes beyond behavior management to the development of life skills; use community profiles and community resources in creating workshops and programs that serve the needs of families and children; use the appropriate processes to participate in a family's transition from the Head Start/day care program into the public school environment; and plan and create workshops which are both informative and inviting.


In the intern year, students attend eight workshops (six hours each) that focus on Family and Community. Also included is twelve hours of work with children with challenging behaviors. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the primary components of the Family and Community Partnership that federally funded early childhood programs are expected and mandated to maintain.  Each workshop explores and defines one or several elements of this partnership from parent orientation through transition of children into public school. Students identify the various instruments used, complete the documentation, critique the application in their own program, evaluate and reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses, and propose ways in which their own program could be improved.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Montessori Education (8/06) (11/11 revalidation) (11/16 revalidation).