Family context in early childhood connecting beliefs, practices, and ecologies

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All children are raised in some form of family. But families take different forms in terms of number of adults in the household, contact with extended kin, and sheer size of the group. Families differ in the beliefs that they hold about trustworthiness of relationships and in their daily practices and routines. Families live in neighborhoods that refl ect available resources for healthy foods, physical activity, social support, and quality of education. This chapter describes how families are dynamic systems with shared practices and beliefs that contribute to child well-being and preparedness to learn. These practices and beliefs are embedded in a socioeconomic context that includes cultural influences as well as neighborhood context. Thus, an ecological model (Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 1998) is proposed to situate the family in a larger developmental context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on the Education of Young Children
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781136897023
ISBN (Print)9780415884341
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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