Culture & Language

Indigenous Immigrant Families

Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs recognize, affirm, and build on family and cultural strengths as a pathway to school readiness. Explore these resources about indigenous immigrant families and their culture.

Our Journey to Success: Early Education for Children in Indigenous Migrant Families

This resource is based on indigenous leaders’ and families’ powerful stories of courage and hope. They share their expert advice on family and community needs and assets. The resource supports the importance of indigenous culture and language to children’s achievement in school and to long-term child and family well-being. Program staff can use the flip chart with groups of parents or with individual parents at home or in the center. Available in English and Spanish (español).

The Mixtec, Zapotec, and Triqui Indigenous Peoples of Mexico

Historical Timeline

Discover the rich historical achievements and contributions of indigenous peoples of Mexico. Use the timeline to begin discussions with families in MSHS. The activity sheet offers tips for how the timeline may be used in programs.

Timeline | Activity Sheet

The timeline and activity sheet are also available in Spanish (español):
Timeline | Activity Sheet

Cultural Backgrounder

Program staff may use this cultural backgrounder to raise awareness about the Mixtec, Zapotec, and Triqui cultures. It provides general information about these families. However, it also recognizes that every family is unique and that cultural practices will vary by household and by generation. The backgrounder was created with the help of focus groups with Mixtec and Zapotec parents of young children. Available in English and Spanish (español).

Topic:Culture and Language

Resource Type: Article

Last Updated: July 16, 2018