Join the Office of Head Start and the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR)
and celebrate International Mother Language Day!
What is it?
International Mother Language Day, sponsored by the United Nations, honors the 6,000 languages spoken around the world. It's a great time to celebrate, speak, and learn our mother and home languages. Head Start programs, where more than 140 languages are spoken, can lead local efforts to share the value, importance, and joy of all languages!
"Multilingualism is our ally in ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion, and in combating discrimination," says Irina Bokova, the director general of UNESCO. Head Start programs are committed to taking every opportunity to affirm every child's culture, language, and lifeways. International Mother Language Day provides a chance to celebrate diversity, increase understanding, and engage in dialog.
Mother Language Day Resources for Head Start Programs
NCCLR resources for use in conjunction with Mother Language Day
Last Reviewed: February 2013
Last Updated: October 1, 2013