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.
Head Start programs are committed to providing equitable access to comprehensive services that prepare children for school and life. An important part of this commitment is recognizing and respecting the culture and language of the children and their families.
Head Start programs put into practice an equity-focused mindset in several ways. They implement anti-bias and nurturing environments. They promote protective and supportive factors for children’s and family’s health and well-being. And they provide educational opportunities, systems, and policies that position each child to reach their highest level of learning and life potential.
Programs do this while emphasizing children’s cultural and linguistic strengths and holding high expectations for all. Administrators, teachers, providers, caregivers, and families can use these resources to promote a positive experience for all children and by emphasizing children’s cultural and linguistic strengths.
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.
The Multicultural Principles promote an equity-focused mindset and culturally sustaining practices that respect and validate children and families’ identity to support development and learning.
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.