Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Preparing Personnel to Meet the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Diversity and Personnel topic editor: Betsy Ayankoya

Position Statements, Papers and Reports

PDF: Meeting the Early Learning Challenge: Supporting English Language Learners (October 2011)

This report is provided by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

PDF: Where we stand on responding to linguistic and cultural diversity (2009)

PDF: Responding to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education (1995)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position papers

PDF: Assessment of Diversity in America's Teaching Force: A Call to Action (October 2004)

Report by the National Collaborative on Diversity in the Teaching Force.

PDF: The Early Childhood Challenge: Preparing High-Quality Teachers for a Changing Society (June 2004)

PDF: Educators' Preparation for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: A Call to Action March (2002)

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

WWW: Diversity and Equity

Topic Briefs located on the WWW: Build Initiative website include resources on the following topics:

  1. developing early childhood systems and early learning standards for a multi-ethnic society;
  2. strategies for maintaining workforce diversity while raising teacher qualifications;
  3. race, language and ethnicity as an indicator of quality; and
  4. building cultural and linguistic competence in early childhood workforce.

WWW: Building Culturally and Linguistically Competent services to support young children, their families and school readiness (2004)

Annie E. Casey Foundation

PDF: Responsiveness to Family Cultures, Values and Languages (Adopted: October 2002)

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Concept Paper

Training and Technical Assistance Resources

WWW: Crosswalks: Outreach to Infuse Diversity in Preservice Education

Materials include: toolbox, care packages containing resources and presentations to support early childhood and early intervention faculty and preservice programs.

WWW: Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

CLAS, previously funded by OSEP continues to provide culturally appropriate materials.

WWW: Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT)

MECTT is a project previously funded by OSEP designed to prepare parent and professional teams to improve services to diverse families of young children with special needs by infusing cultural competence in early childhood programs.

WWW: Walking the Walk

This website features downloadable early childhood/early intervention training materials and resources for addressing culturally and linguistic diversity.

WWW: National Center for Cultural Competence

This site features online curricula offering information on knowledge, skills and awareness related to cultural competence; provide instructional and self-discovery strategies; guidance on how to incorporate cultural and linguistic competence into ones work; and offers materials, articles and other publications.

WWW: Monarch Center

The National Technical Assistance Center for Personnel Preparation in Special Education at Minority Institutions of Higher Education promotes the participation of minority institutions of higher education (MIHEs). Monarch assists MIHEs in recruiting, retaining, and preparing highly qualified personnel. The center maintains a WWW: database of special education and/or related services personnel preparation programs offered at MIHEs across the nation.

WWW: Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Provides culturally responsive, user-friendly materials and training for staff and families to use to promote strong language and literacy skills in children's home language and in English.

Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Personnel

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email:

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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