Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness: 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.

Video: Block Two: Understanding the Hispanic Community in Your Area [English] | Componente Dos: Conociendo la comunidad hispana en su área [En Español]
The second building block provides suggestions and tips for how to conduct a community assessment that is sensitive to the Hispanic population.  A successful assessment consists of five parts: planning your strategy, designing how you will collect the data, gathering the data, reviewing and analyzing what you have collected, and using that data to make decisions about location, recruitment, staff, and programming.  Growth of the Hispanic community in different areas must be considered throughout the community assessment.

Video: Block Three: Meeting the Needs of Hispanic Families [English] | Componente Tres: Atendiendo la necesidades de los niños hispanos [En Español]
One of the best ways to serve young, Hispanic children in Head Start is by also serving the families. Hispanic families in the United States are dealing with the stresses of culture shock and the loss of their social support network in their home country.  Head Start programs, especially a good mental health program, can take account of these stresses and become a place of support, trust, and information for immigrant families.

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 Program Design and Management section of the ECLKC website for more information for all children.

Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness: Multimedia. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English.

Last Reviewed: July 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014