Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 371–378 | Cite as

An Analysis of Bronfenbrenner’s Bio-Ecological Perspective for Early Childhood Educators: Implications for Working with Families Experiencing Stress

  • Kevin James SwickEmail author
  • Reginald D. Williams

Today’s families face many stressors during the early childhood years. Particular stressors like homelessness, violence, and chemical dependence, play havoc with the family system. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bio-ecological perspective offers an insightful lens for understanding and supporting families under stress. This article presents the key elements of Bronfenbrenner’s perspective and applies this perspective to strategies for effectively helping families under stress.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instruction and Teacher Education, College of EducationUniversity of South Carolina – ColumbiaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Instruction and Teacher Education, College of EducationUniversity of South Carolina – ColumbiaColumbiaUSA

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