Read about the value of continued home language development while facilitating the acquisition of English. Review helpful resources that promote a planned approach to supporting home language development.
Resources here relate to 10 research-based principles that guide Head Start systems and service delivery to ensure understanding of, respect for, and responsiveness to the cultures of all people, particularly those of enrolled children and families.
Read about the value of exposure to diverse cultures to promote equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Learn about the importance of program policies and practices that promote the well-being of all children, families, and staff.
Read about the importance of learning from families, staff, and the community in the development of culturally sustaining programming. Review resources that promote culturally sustaining programming.
Learn about the value of the reflecting the cultures of the community in the recruitment, hiring, and support of program staff. Review strategies that build program capacity to reflect and affirm community culture.
Learn why recognizing and addressing bias and stereotypes is a necessary first step for culturally sustaining service delivery. Review practical strategies that promote equitable learning communities.
Learn about the importance of responsive, nurturing, and effective adult-child interactions and engaging learning environment in a child’s developing sense of identity and belonging.
Read about the value of understanding the culture of each child and family in developing relationship-based, inclusive programming. Review practical strategies that support culturally sustaining service delivery.
Read about how cultural beliefs, values, and traditions influence our practice. Review practical strategies that promote the development of positive cultural identities for all children and families.
Typically scheduled in the third week of February, this annual virtual celebration is all about children who are dual language learners and their families.