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Effective Communication - The Mortar that Holds the Team Together

by Paula Jorde Bloom
January/February 1993
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Wise men speak because they have something to say,
Fools speak because they have to say something. - Plato

Communication is an elusive concept that involves a circular process of sharing one's ideas and feelings with others and interpreting the feedback received. In many ways, effective leadership in early childhood education is synonymous with effective communication because the success of a child care program relies so heavily on the open, honest exchange of information, ideas, and feelings. Good communication is the lubricating oil that makes all the parts of an operation run smoothly and effectively.

The nature of the child care business guarantees that there will always be some misunderstandings and problems in human relationships.

But what distinguishes good programs, where communication channels are open and direct, is that these misunderstandings are infrequent. When they do occur, grievances and problems are dealt with quickly and vigorously. Good communication skills can be learned and deliberately applied in the child care setting. The following techniques culled from a variety of resources will be helpful.

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