Spring to Spring: Advancing School Readiness with the Office of Head Start's Multicultural Principles is a professional development tool from the National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR). It is designed to support programs in establishing culturally and linguistically competent systems and services. Every other month, Spring to Spring will highlight one Multicultural Principle (MCP) with corresponding NCCLR resources. The series guides staff in using culturally responsive practices when supporting children's progress toward school readiness.
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Spring to Spring Series
Featured: OHS Multicultural Principles 10
Dual Language Learning: What Does It Take? Head Start Dual Language Report [PDF, 917KB]
This Office of Head Start (OHS) report gives suggestions and recommendations to better serve culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. It includes a summary of previous research in this area and it gives recommendations to the field. Head Start service providers will find this information particularly valuable. It offers an in-depth look at the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities that help support bilingual and multilingual children.
Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) in Early Head Start and Head Start: Reaching Emerging Refugee and Immigrant Populations [PDF, 3MB]
Head Start programs need to ensure that they identify, recruit, engage, and effectively serve the eligible emerging populations in their communities. This resource can be used for training and consistent messaging across staff roles to ensure Head Start and Early Head Start programs are accomplishing this goal.
Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development [PDF, 4.3MB].
Available in Arabic [PDF, 3.8MB] and Spanish (español) [PDF, 4.2MB].
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 families to help ease their transition to a new country. It includes accompanying culturally responsive health and safety tip sheets.
Screening Dual Language Learners in Early Head Start and Head Start: A Guide for Program Leaders [PDF, 1.5MB]
Successful screening is the first step to understanding and extending children's learning and development. It is also the first step to engaging families to support their children's home language throughout their lives. This guide includes tools to plan, implement, and evaluate screening processes for dual language learners (DLLs) from birth to 5. It focuses on ways that Head Start and Early Head Start leaders can make informed and intentional decisions about screening instruments for DLLs. It includes suggestions on how to implement high-quality screening practices for these children.
Serving Head Start's Diverse Children and Families: What Is the Law? What Are the Regulations?
This report gathers OHS communications that address cultural and linguistic responsiveness in Head Start programs. Programs leaders will find this resource useful when writing grants and conducting program self-assessments. It may also be used when developing their program's Planned Language Approach. The information is presented in a user-friendly, accessible format.
Past Spring to Spring Issues
Every individual is rooted in culture. [PDF, 146KB]
60 minutes from Catalogue to Classroom (C2C): Using Journal Articles for Professional Development - Module 2 Empathy and Cultural Competence: Reflections from Teachers of Culturally Diverse Children [PDF, 8.5MB]
Making It Work! Section 1: School Readiness [PDF, 1.6MB]
Making It Work! Section 2: Forms and Examples [PDF, 1.6MB]
Same, Different, and Diverse [PDF, 144KB]
NCCLR Quick Guide for Teachers: How to Use Bilingual Books [PDF, 715KB]
Spanish (español) [PDF, 574KB]
The Revisiting and Updating the Multicultural Principles for Head Start and Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five page offers PDFs for each principle, as well as a full version of the resource.
Last Reviewed: March 2015
Last Updated: April 12, 2016