Teacher and Parents

Research

Acceptance by Teachers & Parents

The Family Map was developed to help educators form more meaningful and enduring partnerships with parents. Such partnerships can help build competence and reduce stress for family members, thus having a direct benefit to children.

Most teachers report the Family Map helped obtain new information useful in working with families. This new knowledge often explained the child’s classroom behavior. Evaluation of the Family Map implementation in Head Start programs has consistently found that the majority of teachers say the Family Map is helpful as families identify family goals.

Most parents prefer the Family Map to previous Head Start home visit. Parents in all programs indicate that they were comfortable with their interview. They feel teachers understand them better after the interviews. Almost all parents reported enjoying home visits with their teachers very much.

This training was very informative and shed a different light on Family Map! I hope that this training/trainer is used often. The manual is great and will be useful for all purposes!

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“…it has been a great tool so far and helped us a lot to set the direction and guidelines when developing our family service plan.”

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“…We are so excited to implement this tool…”

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“…It has created a culture of openness and trust between our parents and staff. Through the Family Map process parents come to understand that we genuinely care about their family’s overall well-being…”

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“…Initially, several teachers were resistant to using the Family Map, but they changed their minds after they saw how well it helped them to get to know their families better…”

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“…I think it can open a conversation up about what people might need in addition to what they are already doing or what they seem to be missing…”

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“My teacher really showed concern.”

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“I really like how thorough they are…”

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“The teacher showed concern…”

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College of Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Little Rock, AR 72205-7199

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