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Early Childhood Education / Professional Development Seven effective steps to build lasting partnerships with families create a better environment for children to learn and grow. This resource addresses the realities of working with families and provides effective steps to help you initiate and maintain efforts as you build mutually respectful relationships in your program. Filled with self-assessments, tips, sample letters and forms, and reflection questions to optimize your knowledge, this book will help you collaborate with families to provide better care for children and their parents. strong partnerships with families Partnering with Families is written in a completely relatable style. Gigi immediately reels you in by sharing her own feelings and experiences with parents and shows an appreciation for the exact hesitations or frustrations you may have about your own work with families. —Kristen M. Waterfield, president, The Malvern School, Pennsylvania Gigi Schweikert has a straightforward way of making us look honestly at ourselves as early childhood professionals. She says it like it is and challenges us to see even the things we hoped no one would notice. The Winning Ways series compels us to examine the profound impact we have on everyone around us— children, certainly, as well as fellow professionals and the children’s parents and families. Everything matters. Everything. But the best thing is that Gigi believes in each of us, that we can change, that we can truly become the early childhood professionals the children need us to be. And that really matters. Partnering with Families is a helpful and fun read. It is perfect for folks new to the field of early learning.  —Jeff A. Johnson, family child care provider, keynote speaker, and author of Finding Your Smile Again, Do-It-Yourself Early Learning, Everyday Early Learning, Babies in the Rain, Keeping Your Smile, and Let Them Play —Bonnie Neugebauer, founder and executive editor, Exchange magazine Gigi Schweikert is a popular speaker at early childhood conferences and parenting seminars. She is the author of six books and coauthor of Prime Times: A Handbook for Excellence in Infant and Toddlers Programs. She contributes to early childhood periodicals and journals and also hosted a cable television show, Today’s Family. ISBN 978-1-60554-002-3