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.
Community Assessment: Cultural Considerations
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Partnering with Families of Children Who Are DLLs
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Dual Language Learners Program Assessment
Learn how to identify strengths and weaknesses in program systems and service areas by using a planning tool that supports culturally and linguistically responsive services.Learn More
Understanding Social Determinants of Health
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Last Updated: February 9, 2024