Tools and Resources
This series of professional development training modules highlights individual journal articles focused on culture, dual language learning, and best practices featured in the Head Start Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness Resource Catalogues (Volumes 1-3).
This series of handouts is designed to provide families and staff with basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. The series emphasizes the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and becoming fully bilingual.
Multicultural Principle Learning Extensions are professional development activities that correspond to the 10 Multicultural Principles. They are designed to help program staff extend and apply thinking based on each principle.
This resource promotes collaboration between Head Start and Refugee Resettlement agencies. It provides essential background information on each agency as well as suggests questions each can ask the other to ensure needed information is exchanged.
What is the Law? What Are the Regulations?
This compendium includes exerpts from the Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards, The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, and Information Memoranda that address cultural and linguistic responsivenss in Head Start programs.
The NCCLR Quick Guides for Teachers offer practical, hands-on strategies to support children's home and second language development using books. They were designed with the busy educator in mind.
Resource Catalogue (Volumes One through Three)
These volumes provide descriptive listings of research and evidence-based articles, books, videos, curricula, websites, and other resources on Culture, Native and Heritage Language Preservation, and Dual Language Learning.
Young children acquire a second language over time. This resource provides practical examples of how to use research-based strategies that support children at different levels of English language acquisition. English and Español [PDF, 2.1MB]
This 2-page handout guides staff to gather information on a child's language background through conversations with families. It identifies 6 aspects of language background and several possible questions to use with families for each aspect. English and Español [PDF, 480KB]
This Checklist helps Head Start and Early Head Start programs to promote school readiness for DLLs by examining their systems and services for children and families who speak languages other than English. Version 5 is an electronic document that provides:
- Automatic tabulation of ratings for analysis and interpretation of the data;
- Guidance on the recommended practices; and
- Recommendations for program planning and decision making.
Revisiting and Updating the Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five
Children and their families come to Head Start and Early Head Start rooted in a culture that gives them meaning and direction. The same statement is true of the staff and administrators who work in Head Start and Early Head Start. These principles were developed to guide Head Start/Early Head Start staff in meeting program goals and to serve as a framework for multicultural programming.
Events & Conferences
- National Indian Head Start Directors Association Conference
Jun. 10 -
- Region VII Leadership Conference
Kansas City, MO
Jun. 10 -
Last Reviewed: October 2012
Last Updated: May 7, 2013