School Readiness

Advancing School Readiness with the Office of Head Start's Multicultural Principles

Advancing School Readiness with the Office of Head Start's Multicultural Principles is a professional development tool designed to support programs in establishing culturally and linguistically competent systems and services. These resources guide staff in using culturally responsive practices when supporting children's progress toward school readiness.


Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders
Head Start programs are effective when their systems and services support the cultural diversity of enrolled families. Individual staff members must be able to demonstrate their respect for and respond to the different cultures in their community and among their co-workers.

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) in Early Head Start and Head Start: Reaching Emerging Refugee and Immigrant Populations
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
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. Also available in Arabic and Spanish (español).

Screening Dual Language Learners in Early Head Start and Head Start: A Guide for Program Leaders
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.