Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

David Brusehoff

Second Reader

Lynn Gehrke


early childhood education, parent teacher relationships, family involvement


A review of the parent education in early childhood education suggests that it occurs primarily when schools adopt a family focused program. It has been only within the last two decades that educational institutions have begun to recognize the value and necessity of educating the whole child by including the family members or caregivers. American parents recognize that parenting is important and that they can benefit from help in meeting their parenting duties. Today's parent education and support programs impart families with primary responsibility for their children's development and well-being; envision healthy, functioning families as the basis of a healthy society; and understand families as a part of a system that includes neighborhood and community. Parents provide a valuable support system for children while they attend school. Generally, parents are included while their child is in preschool, however once they enter elementary school, parents become less involved. The purpose of this project fulfills a need to help empower parents by educating them to advocate for their child as he/she transitions to kindergarten.


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