Parents and families are key to holding high expectations and supporting home language development for their dual language learners (DLLs). Families can promote positive experiences for these young children by emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. They also provide learning supports necessary to succeed in school. These DLL Toolkit resources can assist families in supporting the learning and development of their young children.
Ongoing outreach to recruit and enroll immigrant families is essential, but can be challenging. Family service staff would benefit from the recruitment strategies listed in this article as well as an explanation of some of the challenges immigrant families face. All program staff could benefit from the helpful tips for creating a welcoming environment for immigrant children and families.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Services conducted a session at the 2007 National Head Start Institute on Hispanic and Other Emerging Populations. The focus of the presentation was to discuss how Head Start and ORR can partner to serve the refugee population. This presentation can be used by program staff to further their understanding on how Head Start programs can become an effective partner in refugee resettlement.
Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development Handbook.