Refugee Families

Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning
and Healthy Development Handbook

Note: These resources are under review.

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Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development [PDF, 4.3MB]

This handbook provides families with information on six themes: family well-being, health and safety, healthy brain development, early learning and school readiness, guidance and discipline, and family engagement in early care and education. Programs serving refugee families, newly arrived immigrant families, and others may use this resource with parents to help ease their transition to a new country. Available in Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 4.3MB] and Spanish (español) [PDF, 4.2MB].

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Ways to Use the Handbook [PDF, 2MB]

Ways to Use Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development Handbook is a tool designed to support Head Start and Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), Refugee Resettlement staff, and other early care and education providers in using and applying concepts from the Handbook. It includes staff self-reflection activities, team planning strategies, and approaches to family engagement. Available in Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 1.4MB] and Spanish (español) [PDF, 1.2MB].

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Handbook Tip Sheets

Handbook Tip Sheets correspond to the themes in the Handbook and include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each theme.

Family Well-Being:

Prenatal Care [PDF, 648KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 761KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 552KB]

Health [PDF, 1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 761KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 550KB]

Hygiene [PDF, 1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 1.5MB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 593KB]

Oral Health [PDF, 1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 678KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 475KB]

Nutrition [PDF, 911KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 889KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 565KB]

Bedtime [PDF, 661KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 749KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 576KB]

Safety and Protection:

Home Safety [PDF, 1.4MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 749KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 527KB]

Safety in Public Places, Child Supervision, and Preventing Harm to Children [PDF, 1.8MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 969KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 745KB]

Street, Car, and Taxi [PDF, 2.1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 726KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 587KB]

Guidance and Discipline:

Guidance and Discipline Tip Sheet [PDF, 1.4MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 986KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 829KB]

Healthy Brain Development:

Healthy Brain Development Tip Sheet [PDF, 1.3MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 842KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 745KB]

Early Learning and School Readiness:

Social and Emotional Development [PDF, 562KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 552KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 646KB]

Language and Literacy Development [PDF, 568KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 568KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 549KB]

Approaches to Learning [PDF, 549KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 579KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 651KB]

Cognition Development and General Knowledge [PDF, 530KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 535KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 627KB]

Physical Development [PDF, 468KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 500KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 566KB]

Connecting to Early Care and Education:

Family Engagement [PDF, 1.5MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 621KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 621KB]

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Last Reviewed: November 2016

Last Updated: December 14, 2016