Children learn the social meanings of gender from adults and culture. Beliefs about activities, interests, and behaviors associated with gender are called "gender norms," and gender norms are not exactly the same in every community.
Watch this video for promising practices from a Head Start program for migrant families in San Luis Obispo, CA. Learn ways to foster strong relationships and partnerships between families and staff. Effective partnerships support parent-child connections, family well-being, and goal-setting.
Making It Work! Connecting Cultural Learning Experiences in American Indian and Alaska Native Classrooms and Communities with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework
Adults have always taught children the skills and values that they need to succeed as adults in their culture. The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) calls these the "domains of early learning." When early childhood programs connect their traditional cultural skills, values, beliefs, and life ways with the ELOF domains, children develop math, literacy, social-emotional, self-help, and other skills. The Making It Work! resource is a planning process that supports American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start programs to teach their language and culture while meeting Head Start requirements.
Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project: Reflections on a Culturally Responsive Strength-Based Approach
Evidence has been growing about the educational disparities facing African American boys. Many have not benefited from what is known about the connection between culturally responsive programming and child development.
Head Start programs are effective when their systems and services support the cultural diversity of enrolled families. Furthermore, individual staff members must be able to demonstrate their respect for and respond to the different cultures in their community and among their co-workers. The following resource provides recent research and perspectives on key multicultural principles and offers guidance to staff on how to implement these principles in their programs.