An article in the ERIC Digest that presents strategies supported by the research literature to enhance interactions with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The CLAS Institute identifies, evaluates, and promotes effective and appropriate early intervention practices and preschool practices that are sensitive and respectful to children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
This article is related to a webinar series from the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center entitled “Beyond Cultural Competence: How to Effectively Work with ALL Families” and presented by, Barbara Grant, MA, that sums up a key idea to treat everyone as if they have their own unique culture. This article provides resources and activities related to cultural humility.
Resources related to Cultural Humility include the following:
It Matters: How Culture Impacts Our Work with Families - Online Training
As providers of early intervention services, it is important that we have an understanding of the significance culture and language have on our work with families. The online modules in this 2-part training focus on culture, language and their impact on our work with infants, toddlers and their families. To register and receive credit for viewing the modules, please visit https://go.illinois.edu/EITPonline.
Related to "Cultural Humility…What Does It Mean to You?", this blog post helps explain and raise awareness of personal cultural biases that might be affecting relationships with families. If want to dig a little deeper, complete this checklist: Cultural Competence Checklist: Personal Reflection.
Through education and advocacy including a focus on early childhood education, child welfare, elementary and secondary education, and health, this organization provides support to professionals to improve and advance the lives of African American families and children.
Promotes teaching about world regions, cultures, and languages in every school district in the United States, with a focus on Asia. Includes lesson plans and other instructional resources for teachers; activities for students; information for school leaders; maps, country profiles, and cultural information; and contact information on experts in various disciplines.
Virginia's Talks on Tuesdays archived webinar provided an overview of cultural competence, information, and statistics about cultural groups in VA (applicable to other states). Effective communication was discussed as well as how to apply the knowledge learned in everyday practice.
The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families created a resource guide to help community-based service programs to locate and access available resources on cultural competency in order to better serve their targeted populations. Topics include defining and understanding cultural competency, choosing interventions for diverse populations, conducting needs assessment, selecting appropriate measures, collaborating with other organizations, workforce diversity, and budgeting for culturally competent programs.
This blog post and 8-minute podcast from Pennsylvania Early Intervention highlight how culture can be a very persuasive and potent factor in the ways of our individual thoughts and beliefs; along with what culture has to do with our work with children, family and colleagues.
Pennsylvania's Early Intervention blog article discusses the awareness of families whose beliefs or values may different then your own. This article uses a dilemma, acknowledge, ask, and adapt style approach to learning how to use empathy and respect to facilitate understanding and awareness of our own belief systems and the belief system of the families we serve.
This free ZERO TO THREE resource uses research studies to enhance understanding of the following topics: Individualistic vs. Interdependent Cultures, Influence of Culture on Language Development, Language Development in Bilingual Children, Influence of Ethnicity and Class on Cognitive Development, Resources for Increasing Cultural Sensitivity, Matrix Studies of Cognitive Development., Language, and Social Emotional Health.
IRIS Center - Learning Module Cultural and Linguistic Differences: What teachers should know uses the IRIS STAR Legacy approach where a challenge is presented, initial thoughts are formulated, perspectives and resources presented, then followed by a wrap up and assessment. This module emphasizes the ways in which culture influences the classroom environment and communication within that environment. Strategies for enhancing culturally responsive teaching are also discussed.
Do you work with infants and toddlers whose family members speak languages other than English? This article Young Exceptional Children (May 2020, Vol. 75. No. 2) highlights ways in which to support children who are dual language learners (DLL), the term used to refer to any young child who is learning two or more languages. It shares facts about the benefits of being a DLL, evidence-based practices for supporting very young DLLs, and thoughtful strategies for honoring the language and cultural traditions of each child’s family.