Interrelationships of the home, school, community and their effects on the learning of young children. Emphasis is on cooperation and communication, problem solving and self-discipline. Skills necessary to succeed in an era of technology and change are discussed utilizing partnerships with teachers and parents. Examination of the sociological relationships between family, school and culture; institutional, racial, social, and economic factors affecting the family and the child. Strategies for supporting families by sharing community resources, and examining current social policies that are impacting the home and community-based practices are discussed in-depth. Field work is required outside of class time to provide students with opportunities to learn and practice competencies related to the care and education of young children.