Family Fun Nights: collaborative parent education accessible for diverse learning abilities

Christen Knowles, Anne Harris, Renee Van Norman

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Quality early childhood education programs have a responsibility to provide enriched educational services to preschool students paired with parent support, education, and outreach. Pearl Buck Preschool, a non-profit organization devoted to the delivery of preschool services for children of parents with intellectual disabilities or learning difficulties, created a unique parent program titled Family Fun Night. This six-session series was developed with a strengths-based, collaborative framework and was connected to the Program-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports implementation in the preschool. The following paper discusses the development, facilitation, implementation, logistics, and assessment of the Family Fun Night series. Barriers to implementation are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-401
Number of pages9
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Early childhood
  • Parent education
  • Parent-directed learning
  • Parenting with learning challenges
  • Program-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports

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