Cultural Responsiveness

Head Start, like our nation, takes its strength from its rich cultural and linguistic diversity. We strive to create an environment that supports each child and families. This is achieved through our various programs and the diverse staff and languages spoken throughout our centers. Through this diversity, we can strengthen ourselves and our colleagues, programs, communities, and nation.

We are all Rooted in Culture

We Are All Rooted in Culture

Watch this short video to see how culture and language play important roles across Head Start services. Create environments and hire diverse staff that really support the child, family, the language that they speak, and the cultures that they come from. This helps to make every family feel welcome in the program and in the classroom.

Responding to the Culture of Children, Families, and Communities

Head Start has always recognized the importance of nurturing self-esteem and enhancing the sense of dignity and self-worth of each child and family. Explore Head Start's history of cultural responsiveness in this blog from Sarah Merrill.

Beyond Breaking Bread: What Head Start Programs Do to Celebrate and Serve Our Nation's Children, Families, and Communities

Explore how Head Start programs assess and understand community needs in this blog posting from Sharon Yandian.

Working Together: Successful Strategies to Build Strong Collaborations across Early Childhood Programs

This webinar highlights lessons learned and promising practices from the Tribal Early Learning Initiative (TELI). The TELI grants enable more Tribal communities to coordinate their early learning and development programs and boost the quality of services offered to children and families from pregnancy to kindergarten.

Quiz: Responding to the Culture of Children, Families, and Communities

A key tenet of Head Start is that programs are culturally responsive to the communities served. Programs have been established in tribal communities since Head Start's beginning in 1965. Do you know when the first exclusively Migrant and Seasonal programs were funded?

Last Reviewed: December 2015

Last Updated: March 22, 2017