Family Learning Workshops
Understanding the Need
Collaboration with families is a key component of creating positive outcomes for early childhood learners. The UNLV/CSUN preschool is an early childhood program that serves children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The preschool is an inclusive, accredited program that is rated 5 starts by the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
Children and families that attend UNLV/CSUN are diverse in many ways. Collaborative learning should take into account these diverse needs while educating families on ways they can enhance their child’s learning in their own homes.
About the Pathway
For the Family Learning Workshops, fellows were tasked with designing an evidence-based activity that would be showcased at the family learning workshop, hosted by the preschool, each semester. Fellows also created handouts that families could take with them to implement the activities in their own homes.
The fellows were challenged to create activities that were developmentally appropriate, inclusive for families of different cultures and backgrounds, and engaging for the kids.
Fellows hosted two Family Learning Workshops, one in the fall and one in the spring. 35 families attended the fall workshop and 63 families were in attendance in the Spring.
“The family learning night was a good experience as it reminded me how students start out as learners, and that just goes to show that learning through play is beneficial for all ages, as all the activities were fun to watch and do. It made me realize that I do want to be a teacher. It’s just more confirmation.”
“I learned to be adaptable when creating activities for different ages. I learned the impact culturally responsive pedagogies can have on our students.”
“I have learned that pre school is a whole different story compared to the rest of elementary school. I clearly was not aware of the capabilities of a preschooler before this as I have never worked with them before. However, now I feel I better know how to work with these younger students.”
This CEP was made possible thanks to community partnerships as well as generous funding from the Nevada Department of Education to support the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation (NITEP) and the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation, Retention, & Research (NIEPRR).