Family & Community Collaboration


  2. A. Course Title: Family & Community Collaboration
    B. Course Number: ED 123 - 30014
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 7:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Wong, Ruth
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129D
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2839
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-7:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 3:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you are unable to meet during office hours, please contact me through Canvas mail for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH126

    This beginning course examines the involvement of families and communities from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in early childhood programs. Ways to establish collaborative relationships with families in early childhood settings are discussed. Families’ goals and desires for their children will be supported through culturally responsive strategies. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course fulfills one of the New Mexico Junior College's education requirements for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in early childhood education. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Home, School, and Community Collaboration, 3rd edition, by Kathy Beth Grant and Julie Ray (978-1-4833-4754-7)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Distribution
    Module Zero - 50
    Test 1 (chapters 1-3) - 100
    Test 2 (chapters 4-5) - 100
    Test 3 (chapters 6-8) - 100
    Test 4 (chapters 9 -11) - 100
    Final Exam (chapters 12-13) - 100
    Assignment #1 Family Interview Questionnaire - 100
    (communication assessment activity)
    Assignment #2 Back to School Power Point – 100
    Assignment #3 Newsletter – 100
    Assignment #4 Community Resources – 100
    Assignment #5 Community Service-Learning – 100
    Participation or Discussion board - 300
    Total - 1350 points

    Late work policy – All rubrics include a “timeliness” component. Points will be taken off for late work. Online, the assignment is available to you for one week after it is due. After one week, you will need to contact the professor to get information about the assignment. The instructor reserves the right to round up the final grade.

    Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Sundays of each week.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    This course fulfills one of the New Mexico Junior College's education requirements for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in early childhood education.

    New Mexico Junior College's Education Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    -Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    -Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    -Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    -Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    -Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    -Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    Students taking this course should understand various types of family stress, the dynamics of family systems, and community relationships in order to encourage family involvement and community collaboration.

    The student should be able to:

    • Seek and maintain a collaborative relationship with parents, guardians, families, community agencies, and other professionals to meet the needs of each child.

    • Create and maintain a safe and welcoming environment for families and community members.

    • Establish frequent contact with parents and guardians through a variety of communication strategies, including communication in the home language of each child to provide ongoing, relevant information to families about child growth, development, and learning.

    • Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for variations across cultures, in terms of family strengths, expectations, values, and childrearing practices.

    • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity and dynamics of family systems.

    • Demonstrate understanding of the effects of family stress on the behavior of children and other family members.

    • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the families’ desires/goals for their children into classroom and/or intervention strategies.

    • Develop partnerships with family members to promote early literacy in the home.

    • Involve families and community members in contributing to the learning environment.

    • Establish partnerships with community members in promoting literacy.

    • Demonstrate ability to communicate to families the program’s policies, procedures, and those procedural safeguards that are mandated by state and federal regulations.


    The instructor will respond to student email within 48 hours.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Weekly Schedule

    Week 1 – Read chapter 1
    Introductions and Module Zero due
    Week 2 – Read chapter 2
    Week 3 – Read chapter 3
    Test 1 (chapters 1-3)
    Week 4 - Continue reading chapter 3
    Assignment #1 - Family Interview Questionnaire due
    Week 5 – Read chapter 4
    Week 6 – Read Chapter 5
    Test 2 (chapters 4-5)
    Week 7 – Read chapter 9
    Week 8 – Read chapter 10
    Assignment #2 - Back to School Power Point
    Week 9 – Read chapter 11
    Test 3 (chapters 9-11)
    Week 10 – Read chapter 6
    Assignment #3 Newsletter due
    Week 11 – Read Chapter 7
    Week 12 – Read chapter 8
    Test 4 (chapters 6-8)
    Week 13 – Read chapter 12
    Assignment #4 Community Resources due
    Week 14 – We will meet on Monday and Discuss Community Resources and Service Learning - no assignments that week. (Happy Thanksgiving)
    Week 15 - Read Chapter 13
    Week 16 – Discuss how to include families and communities in service learning. Assignment #5 Community Service-Learning due
    Final Exam (chapters 12-13) - due Tuesday, Dec. 12th, by midnight

    **Note: The preceding information may be changed at the discretion of the instructor as needed or warranted.**

    Revised: 11/12/2017