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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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In this issue:

Preparing Teachers to Partner With Parents of Young Children
In Spotlight we draw attention to the University of Tennessee Talent Development Model, a model of constructivist professional preparation that cultivates the potential of students to achieve excellence in the art of teaching and partnering with families and communities.

Easing the Transition to Kindergarten
Ensuring children's smooth transition from early education programs to kindergarten requires that attention be paid to the resources and linkages among schools, child care and early education services, and families. In Questions and Answers Robert Pianta, professor of Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia, shares his recent research on children's transitions and gives tips on how to support families during this time.

High-Quality Child Care
Parent Perspective features Maria Luz Torre and Dana Hughes of Parent Voices in California. These parents share their organizing techniques for securing high quality and accessible child care for all families. Their efforts are critical at a time when 60% of children under the age of six are in some form of early childhood education, and 64% of mothers with children under the age of six are in the labor force.

Partnering With Diverse Families
Teacher Talk profiles a research collaboration between a university and an early childhood program in which a white teacher demonstrates how to effectively work with linguistically and culturally diverse families. Continuing this theme of diversity, in Lessons from Leaders, Nila Rinehart, Executive Director of the Tlingit and Haida Head Start Program in Alaska, shares her ideas about the role of the executive director in validating children's cultural heritage and exercising leadership in developing cultural programs that schools can emulate to facilitate children's transition.

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