Running head: HISTORY OF FAMILY-CENTERED CARE 1
History of Family-Centered Care
October 13, 2013
Running head: HISTORY OF FAMILY-CENTERED CARE 2
Several people may ask the question, “What makes the difference in a family centered preschool?” This paper will help outline the importance of a family centered program versus a preschool that focuses only on the child. The learning of the children in family centered preschools are enhanced due to the focus points not only being on the child, but the family too. Educators can ...view middle of the document...
Running head: HISTORY OF FAMILY-CENTERED CARE 3
When preschool educators focus on providing healthy attachment development this will help each child transition more easily into school. The strategies presented in this FCS Sheet show that families, service providers, and organizations all have roles in implementing family-centered service. When changes are being made to make a program or service more family-centered, ongoing efforts will be needed because bringing new ideas into one’s practice typically takes time and experience. Organizations and individuals who are interested in becoming more family-centered should recognize and celebrate all efforts that support this approach.
When moving toward a more family-centered model of practice, organizations and service providers must think about many aspects of the service being provided. They must also identify and address potential barriers in order to make a successful transition.
Barriers that can arise when implementing family-centered service include:
An organization’s structure. An organization can fail to support family-centered service through its structure, policies, and/or culture. Service providers report this to be a significant barrier to implementing family-centered service (King, 2000).
Feelings of uncertainty. Service providers may fear they lack the skills and/or resources to be family-centered. Families may be unfamiliar with a service that asks them what they want rather than telling them what they will receive.
Changing demands and expectations for families. Families may feel that they are expected to take on roles for which they are not prepared or that service providers are not providing them with enough support.
Running head: HISTORY OF FAMILY-CENTERED CARE 4
Parent involvement has gone through different phases, all of...