Celebrating Culture and Diversity: Multimedia

These audio and video resources highlight specific tools and strategies for teaching DLLs.


Audiocast: A Common Language of Care - Welcoming and Supporting Dual Language Learners in Infant-Toddler Programs. Early Head Start National Resource Center. 01:33:07.
A Common Language of Care is a recorded conference call led by the Early Head Start National Resource Center. The panelists, Early  Head Start staff, regional and federal staff, and training and technical assistance providers from across the nation, offer suggestions for all Head Start teachers and employees working with Dual Language Learners. The Audio Conference is designed to help evaluate the current practices in place within Head Start, support strategies, and enhance the available services for families with Dual Language Learners. An emphasis is put on key principles to keep in mind when working with Dual Language Learners and their families--namely, that every community has its own qualities, needs, and resources which must be individually addressed for DLLs in early care settings. The Conference concludes with callers, nationwide, addressing common questions, concerns, and strategies that provide a good starting point for any Head Start program.

Audiocast: "Linking Language and Literacy: Implications for Serving Linguistically Diverse Children." Early Head Start National Resource Center. 01:20:00 
In the final audio conference in the 2001 audio conference series, Early Head Start staff from every region, migrant and seasonal Head Start staff, training and technical assistance providers, and regional and federal office staff contribute their knowledge and experiences working with linguistically diverse children.  The goal of the conference is to use existing research on emergent literacy and language development and apply these ideas to the unique and varied populations of an Early Head Start or Head Start classroom.  The contributors emphasize that the diversity of the children in each classroom necessitates different planned approaches and curriculums.  A number of speakers also recommend creating and using trusting, secure relationships between the caregivers and the children to enhance their growing literacy skills.

Webcast: Diversity and Multicultural Integration in Head Start and Early Head Start (Part I). OHS. 01:30:00. 
Since its inception, Head Start has served culturally and linguistically diverse populations in ways that were responsive, participatory, and empowering. This session presented the updated handbook, Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five. Experts discussed effective ways to use this booklet and other resources during professional development activities.

Webcast: Diversity and Multicultural Integration in Head Start and Early Head Start (Part II). OHS. 01:30:00. 
Connections between program staff and families are essential to providing culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments. This session showcased programs where staff and families work together to serve DLLs. It also highlighted strategies for involving parents in governance activities and for enhancing parent-teacher communication.


Be sure to visit the Early Childhood Development section of the ECLKC website for more information for all children. 

Celebrating Culture and Diversity: Multimedia. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English.

Last Reviewed: July 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014