Curriculum

The curriculum supports cultural responsiveness. Cultural responsiveness is a strengths-based approach to relationships and caregiving rooted in respect and appreciation for the role of culture in children's learning and development. A culturally responsive curriculum prompts home visitors to incorporate the family's culture into home visits. The curriculum guides home visitors to build relationships and interactions with families of diverse cultural backgrounds; to learn about families' expectations, practices, and preferences for supporting their child's learning; and to work with parents and families to incorporate their culture and traditions into home visits.

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Curriculum

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Growing Great Kids™ for Preschoolers

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Interactions: Growing Great Families briefly mentions the importance of home visitors interacting with families from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In a unit called "Family Traditions and Cultural Practices," home visitors are provided with some scripted discussion questions to help families reflect on their traditions (e.g., religion, food, dress). Additionally, a few other places in the curriculum prompt home visitors to ask families about cultural practices related to holidays and religion. However, limited guidance is provided on how to interact with families in a culturally responsive manner.

Learning Experiences: The curriculum provides minimal guidance for planning learning experiences based on a family's traditions, culture, and beliefs. A module from Growing Great Families called "Learning about Family Values and Strengths: Strengthening Family Foundations" describes how home visitors and families can discuss what values the families want to pass on to their children. A few activities in the Learning Pods and curriculum manual address cultural traditions (e.g., "¡Hola Piñata!," "Growing Great Traditions"), but there is no clear guidance on how home visitors collaborate with families to adapt learning experiences based on their culture.

Growing Great Kids™: Prenatal–36 Months

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Interactions: Growing Great Families briefly mentions the importance of home visitors interacting with families from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In a unit called "Family Traditions and Cultural Practices," home visitors are provided with some scripted discussion questions to help families reflect on their traditions (e.g., religion, food, dress). Additionally, a few places in the curriculum prompt home visitors to ask families about cultural practices related to responding to children's cues. However, limited guidance is provided on how home visitors interact with families in a culturally responsive manner.

Learning Experiences: The curriculum provides some general principles for planning learning experiences based on a family's traditions, culture, and beliefs. The curriculum encourages families and home visitors to identify the family's values and traditions that are relevant to the child's daily life. For example, in a discussion on responding to infant cues, the curriculum prompts home visitors to inquire about how culture might influence the way a family responds to young children. A module from Growing Great Families called "Learning about Family Values and Strengths: Strengthening Family Foundations" describes how home visitors and families can discuss what values families want to pass on to their children. However, the curriculum does not give specific guidance that is embedded throughout the materials on how to collaborate with families to adapt learning experiences based on their culture.

Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum: Prenatal to 3

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Interactions: In several resources throughout the curriculum, Parents as Teachers provides specific guidance on engaging in culturally responsive interactions with diverse children and families. "Three Steps to Cultural Competence" includes detailed information on and strategies for how home visitors can reflect on their own culture, as well as how culture may affect interactions with diverse families (e.g., "Partner with families to find culturally appropriate applications of information or solutions to problems"). In addition, "Human Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Parent Education" offers strategies for home visitors to consider when working with diverse families (e.g., "When disagreements arise, rather than seeking solely to educate the parents, parent educators should facilitate a mutual sharing of information.").

Learning Experiences: The curriculum provides specific guidance in a variety of curriculum materials on how to collaborate with families to plan or adapt learning experiences based on families' traditions, cultures, values, and beliefs. For example, "Human Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Parent Education" gives suggestions for making learning experiences responsive to a family's culture (e.g., using materials from the home, "considering family values when facilitating problem-solving or goal-setting"). In addition, throughout various activities in the curriculum, prompts are offered for home visitors to ensure that families' beliefs, traditions, and cultures are incorporated into learning experiences (e.g., in the introduction of "Developmental Topics," home visitors are offered prompts to consider a family's cultural perspective on parenting).

Partners for a Healthy Baby

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Interactions: The curriculum's "User's Guide" includes a few mentions of the importance of home visitors interacting with families from diverse backgrounds and cultures. A section called "What Is My Role as a Home Visitor?" includes a brief description of establishing relationships with families who may be different than the home visitor. The curriculum lacks guidance on how to engage in culturally responsive interactions with families. In addition, gender-based stereotypes are perpetuated throughout the curriculum, particularly in the "Fatherhood" sections. Although the "Detailed Information Pages" and parent handouts address some topics that are specifically targeted at fathers, the materials often reflect stereotypes and do not promote a strengths-based approach (e.g., handouts reflect assumptions that fathers are often absent, do not help with household chores, and do not provide economic support for their children). 

Learning Experiences: The "User's Guide" describes the importance of planning learning experiences based on a family's culture. A bulleted list of skills that a home visitor needs, in a section called "Home Visitor Skills & Knowledge," includes "cultural sensitivity" and respecting the "cultural values" of a family. However, the curriculum does not include guidance on what these skills entail or how to collaborate or adapt learning experiences based on a family's traditions or culture.