Diversity and Common Obstacles
Chapter 10 begins, “in today’s United States, there is no typical
family; rather, there is a vast diversity of family structures in which
children develop and learn” (Wardle, 2013, p. 274). Our classroom,
families, and children are reflective of this statement. Early care and
education programs have a crucial role in supporting all families and
“by supporting the family, we support the child” (Wardle, 2013, p. 283).
Reflecting on these quotes from the textbook, choose two common
obstacles that families face from the list below and explain how you
will work with families to overcome this obstacle.
- Children with developmental delays
- Problems with substance abuse by family member
- Grandparents raising children and generational issues
- Lack of extended family support
- Communication difficulties
- Cultural conflicts between the family and program
- New immigrant status
For each of the obstacles you have chosen, complete the following prompt
with critical thought and elaboration. Each obstacle should have a
minimum of two ways that you will support families who are facing the
As an early childhood educator, in an effort to support families who ________________, I will _____________.