Beyond the Brady Bunch: Hybrid Families and Their Evolving Relationships With Early Childhood Educators

Academic Article


  • Demographic shifts, global migration, and increasing mainstream acceptance of individuality and self-determination for all have led to unprecedented changes in family and community structures over the past 50 years. Civil rights movements around the world have worked to secure the rights of all individuals, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability. While many injustices remain, these positive developments mean today's families are more diverse than ever before. In an era where more parents work outside of the home, more families reflect various racial and ethnic backgrounds, and more families are composed of individuals other than a mother, father, and children, societies and governments must adapt to these changing demographics. Schools and educators should get to know the families they serve and ensure that services are as inclusive as possible of differing linguistic, physical, or ethnic realities. This cultural richness can be a boon to any community.
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    Author List

  • Aldridge J; Kilgo JL; Bruton AK
  • Start Page

  • 140
  • End Page

  • 148
  • Volume

  • 92
  • Issue

  • 2