Book Description: FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITIES: TOGETHER FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 4TH EDITION, emphasizes the role of families and communities in children's education, and is geared to meeting national standards in teacher preparation programs. Content reflects current research and best practices in education. The first section, which presents a strong theoretical and research foundation, provides an understanding of family diversity and contemporary issues facing families with young children. This section also addresses the understanding of family systems, family stress, and the responsibilities of parenthood. The application section emphasizes skills and dispositions that pre-service and in-service teachers are expected to develop in relation to building partnerships. These skills include effective interpersonal communication, forming a family-based philosophy of education, parent and family life education topics and strategies, and community involvement. New content includes more historical information on the family, a feature highlighting specific ways to incorporate the family, and expanded information on family strengths and community development. Kindle textbooks are functionally equivalent to the print textbook. In some cases, individual items such as ancillary images or multimedia have been removed for digital delivery due to rights restrictions.