Engaging Culturally Diverse Families
The Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) provides a variety of resources related to supporting the cultural diversity of families enrolled in early childhood programs. Some of the resources include:
- Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders
- Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Professional Development Modules
- Dual Language Learner Toolkit
The National Association for the Education of Young Children's Engaging Diverse Families Project has developed six principles of effective family engagement based on an extensive review of the research. Also, from NAEYC, see:
The PACER Center's Minnesota School and Family Connection project has compiled and developed training tools and resources for families and educators working with culturally diverse families. This page includes links to videos, research literature, practice guides, training tools, and more. Many of the resources for families are translated into Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
NCCC works to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. A number of NCCC resources are specfically of interest to personnel working with young children with disabilities and their families. Some of these include, for example:
- Promoting Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to Children with Disabilities and Special Health Needs and their Families (2009), also available En Español (2004)
- Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Competency Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports In Early Intervention and Early Childhood Settings (2009), also available En Español (2005)
- A Guide for Advancing Family-Centered and Culturally and Linguistically Competent Care (2007)
Hanover Research: This report examines the literature on engaging diverse families, particularly African-American and Hispanic families, and presents case studies. It focuses primarily on public, K12 settings in large, urban public school districts, however the key findings are also relevant to engaging diverse families in other settings.
(2011) Brookes Publishing: This field-tested 5 module professional development course provides early childhood professionals with the guidance they need to create settings that support culturally and linguistically diverse children and help them succeed. It provides learning objectives, case studies, reflection questions, an assessment scale and observation checklist to monitor improvement, and more. See also, The New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces Facilitator's Guide to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood