Submission Information

  • Final
  • Child Development
  • April 27, 2011

Descriptor Details

  • Child Family and Community
  • 110
  • 3.0

The processes of socialization focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community. Examines the influence of multiple societal contexts. Explores the role of collaboration between family, community, and schools in supporting children’s development, birth through adolescence.




  1. Theoretical Frameworks of Socialization
  2. Interrelationship of Family, School, and Community as Agents of Socialization
  3. Influences on Socialization
    1. Family
      1. Family characteristics
      2. Parenting styles
      3. Culture
      4. Tradition
      5. Values
      6. Socio-economic status
      7. Factors contributing to resiliency
      8. Language
    2. School and Education
      1. School Systems
        1. Types of schooling
        2. Educational practices
        3. School and family partnerships
        4. Socioeconomic variations
        5. Institutional policies that perpetuate systemic racism
      2. Teachers and Caregivers
        1. Influence of teachers’ personal experiences, biases, and perspectives
        2. Legal requirements and ethical responsibilities
        3. Relationships with families
        4. Guidance and discipline strategies
        5. Classroom community
          1. Peer relationships
          2. Environments
        6. Impact of factors outside the classroom on children’s well-being
    3. Community
      1. Influences of the community as a social force
        1. Neighborhoods
        2. Demographics
        3. Infrastructure
        4. Collaboration and partnerships
      2. Resources, services, and referral systems
        1. Housing and food insecurity
        2. Trauma
        3. Abuse
        4. Foster care/child welfare
        5. Incarceration
        6. Medically Fragile
  4. Impact of Contemporary Social Issues Such As:
    1. Stereotypes
    2. Age
    3. Gender
    4. Ability
    5. Language
    6. Culture
    7. Media and technology
    8. Racial identity
    9. Political context
    10. Public policy
    11. Ethnicity
    12. Socio-economic status
  5. Strategies for Engaging and Supporting Families
    1. Effective communication
    2. Home-School Partnerships
    3. Advocacy strategies to influence policy on behalf of children and families
    4. Supporting families to create positive relationships at home


At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Compare historical and current theoretical frameworks of socialization.
  2. Identify how the child develops within a system and is influenced by multiple factors of socialization including the educational, political, and socioeconomic impacts on children and families.
  3. Compare and contrast diverse family characteristics and perspectives of children and families.
  4. Evaluate the impact of one’s own experiences on their relationships with children, families, and the community.
  5. Describe the legal requirements and ethical responsibilities of professionals working with all children and families.
  6. Compare and contrast educational systems and practices, including strategies for family engagement and building partnerships between early learning settings, schools and community organizations and agencies.
  7. Describe contemporary social issues and their effects on families and children.
  8. Identify community resources and strategies to support young children’s learning and development and to support families’ needs

  1. Exams (objective and essay) that demonstrate the student’s ability to describe socialization processes and the impact of various factors on development.
  2. Research papers, essays and group projects that demonstrate student's ability to use the media to identify a specific issue, evaluate available resources that currently help resolve that problem, and develop possible advocacy strategies to help eliminate the problem in the future.
  3. Instructor assessment of participation in classroom discussions, presentation of media examples, and critique of volunteer/community service work.

Child, Family, School, & Community, Berns, current edition, Harcourt Brace

The Young Child in the Family and the Community, Gonzalez-Mena, current edition, Prentice Hall          

  • May 31, 2022
  • Materials adopted by the Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) in 2007 for use by all California Community Colleges. Endorsed by the California Community College Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE).

  • child, childhood, development, family, community