Culture and Diversity

5 Strategies for Supporting Multilingual Children in Your Program

Multilingualism is an asset to be nurtured in our programs. Here are five strategies for celebrating and extending the linguistic expertise of young children who speak two or more languages.

Intentional Inclusion For Multicultural Classrooms

In this episode of the preschool podcast, HiMama chats with K’Sandra Earle, Associate Director of Early Learning Neighbourhood Collective (ELNC), about how to be intentional about diversity in early learning classrooms. K'Sandra shares tips on empowering teachers and involving parents to create a space that celebrates young children and their unique cultural backgrounds.

A Look Around the World – Winter Celebrations

The winter holiday season is a special time of year, especially for children. How we celebrate this year may look different, but the spirit will be the same! As early childhood education professionals, we strive to make this time of year special for the children in our lives and welcome the opportunity to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. With the winter months upon us, we look around the world to explore 10 different winter celebrations. Learning about the celebrations of other cultures can bring us closer together and make us stronger.


Webinar: Building Holiday Diversity

In this HiMama Helps Webinar, participants will take a look at diversity and inclusion around the holiday season, explore tips, and ways to be inclusive in early childhood programs while celebrating different holidays. 


INFOGRAPHIC: How Racism Can Affect Child Development

This infographic explains in basic terms how racism affects learning, behavior, and lifelong health. Let's start with a shared understanding so that we can work together toward creative strategies to address these long-standing inequities…

Ethno-cultural Communities Well-being Project

This project aims to break the stigma of mental illness and increase awareness of mental health and well-being by providing information and resources to support diverse families who are facing mental health challenge or crisis, and the importance of self-care. The project offers five different courses that address mental health, including: Children and Mental Health, Women Abuse and Mental Health, Seniors and Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid (Basic), and Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with Youth. Each course is offered twice throughout the year either in the mornings, evenings and/or weekends.

Webinar: Diversity & Inclusion In Early Childhood

This webinar offers activity suggestions, books, songs, and practical tips to create a diverse and inclusive early years classroom. Participants will discuss race, gender and ability, the importance of knowing personal biases and promoting inclusion, as well as how to include parents in the conversation!


Anti-bias Early Childhood Education

Anti-bias education work in early childhood is shaped by a deep-seated belief in the importance of justice, the dream of each child being able to achieve all he or she is capable of, and the knowledge that we can make a difference. Here is a list of anti-bias articles and e-books to help you make connections, learn new strategies and become a leader in your program.


Webinar – Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms: A Response to Racism

Join the lead authors of Don’t Look Away, Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms in a roundtable discussion on how to explore and address issues of bias and equity in your program. Participants will also hear about tools and strategies to promote family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences for the children in your program.

11 Children’s Books About the Refugee Experience

Looking for new books for your program? Here's a list of 11 books for children of different ages that focus on the refugee experience.