Free Resources to Support Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

The Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness portal on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) offers resources to support work with dual language learners (DLLs), immigrant and refugee families, and others. Here are examples of the type of resources available.

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

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. Tip sheets correspond to the themes in the Handbook. They include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each theme. 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 English, Arabic, and Spanish.

Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project: Reflections on a Culturally Responsive Strength-Based Approach

Head Start and other early education programs serving children ages birth to 5 can use this reflective resource to examine approaches to promote culturally-responsive, strength-based learning environments for young African American boys. In these environments, all children are able to acquire the skills, behaviors, and knowledge to be successful in school and in life.

Indigenous Immigrant Families

Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs recognize, affirm, and build on family and cultural strengths as a pathway to school readiness. These resources are based on indigenous leaders’ and families’ powerful stories of courage and hope. They share their expert advice on family and community needs and assets. The resources support the importance of indigenous culture and language to children’s achievement in school and to long-term child and family well-being. Available in English and Spanish.

Planned Language Approach (PLA)

A comprehensive, systemic, research-based way for programs to ensure optimal language and literacy services for children who speak English and for those who are DLLs. The PLA materials include handouts, guides, organizational tools, and videos. They also can be used to promote staff development. Available in English and Spanish.

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