Partnership with families and communities in Greek preschool settings: An evaluation from researchers' and early childhood educators' perspectives
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The care and education of children is a shared responsibility among the family, educators, caregivers and the community. Yet, each of the above settings may wish different types of cooperation and partnership. The present study intents to examine partnership with families and communities in Greek preschool settings from two perspectives: that of the researcher and that of early childhood educators. More precisely, the present study aims: a) to clarify whether Greek programs' policies promote parental and community involvement, b) to ascertain the types of communication and partnership between families and early childhood educators and c) to examine the differences and similarities in the way researchers and early childhood educators view that issue. In particular, using ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment, researchers evaluated 27 Greek preschool classrooms, towards aspects of partnership with families. Thus, 26 early childhood educators, from the above mentioned classrooms, were given ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment in order to evaluate the same aspects.