Young children are best understood and supported through the context of families, culture, community, and society. This course will explore ways to establish relationships with children, families, and colleagues while recognizing strengths and challenges through the lens of culture, family structure, language, racial identity, gender, abilities and disabilities, religious beliefs, and economic class. Students will identify ways to establish collaborative relationships and consider their own implicit and explicit biases that may be contributing to interactions. Professional advocacy and ethics, and their role in working with children and families will be examined. Prerequisite: ECE100G and 3 additional ECE credits.