Re-envisioning Family Engagement and Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms :
1st Edition

Re-envisioning Family Engagement and Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms
"Porque así ya conocemos"

  • Available for pre-order on June 30, 2023. Item will ship after July 21, 2023
ISBN 9781032375809
July 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Families are resources that are extremely powerful and important for young learners from minoritized backgrounds, yet such families are often overlooked, silenced, or ostracized. This book presents a much-needed framework for family and community engagement in the early childhood and elementary literacy classroom that embraces and foregrounds students’ unique cultural backgrounds. López-Robertson and Wells spotlight the families of minoritized learners and the crucial role that they play in building dynamic and inspiring environments for learning. To re-envision the engagement of these families in the early childhood classroom, the authors provide an accessible understanding of Yosso’s theory of community cultural wealth. Covering key topics such as children’s literature and digital tools, the book features strategies for implementing culturally responsive classroom practices to create positive home-school partnerships. Each chapter highlights one type of capital in community cultural wealth—aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, and resistant—and gives teachers guidance on working with and supporting the efforts of families both inside and outside of the classroom.

This book is an essential resource to inform current and future childhood educators on how to gain deeper understandings of what families—especially from Communities of Color—already are doing for the education of their children, and how best to support them.

Table of Contents

Author Biographies


Chapter 1: Al principio:  Knowing Teachers, Knowing Families 

Our Cuentos

Chapter 2: Porque hací ya conocemos:  Re-envisioning Family Engagement and Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms 

Chapter 3: Sueños for Our Children’s Future:  Aspirational Capital

Chapter 4: Language from el corazón:  Linguistic Capital

Chapter 5: Familial Capital: The Richness of familia

Chapter 6: Together in comunidad:  Social Capital

Chapter 7: Making mapas: Navigational Capital

Chapter 8: Sí se puede: Resistant Capital

Chapter 9: Conclusion: Voces in Action: Using Community Cultural Wealth to Engage in Action

Appendix A: Analysis of CCW Themes in Selected Children’s Literature

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Julia López-Robertson is a Professor of Education at the University of South Carolina, USA.

Melissa Summer Wells is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Mary Washington, USA.