Culture and Diversity

Podcast: Building Positive Cultural Identities in the Preschool Classroom

In this HiMama podcast, Dr. Zeynep Isik-Ercan talks about the importance of helping children to develop positive self-concepts and identities, encouraging the listener to go beyond race and ethnicity when we talk about diversity.

3 Webinars to Support Your Work with Newcomer Children

Looking for online opportunities for professional development? Here are a few interesting webinars that you might be interested in: Promoting Early Learning for Children of Immigrants: Family and Early Care and Education Supports, Addressing Trauma in Young Children in Immigrant and Refugee Families through Early Childhood Programs, and Culturally Appropriate Positive Guidance with Young Children in Our Care

Voices Of Children Documentary

In this small film with a big heart, we meet young children from communities around the globe, bringing us a glimpse of their extraordinary diversity. Children from five diverse countries draw us into their worlds through their many voices. Behind their experiences lie messages, both universal and informed by place, time, and culture. The children share their ideas, hopes, challenges, and capacity as they talk, sing, work, dance, and play!

Children take longer to learn two languages at once compared to just one — don’t fret

Some bilingual children from immigrant families develop each language at a slower pace because their learning is spread across two languages. This research shows strong evidence that the rate of language growth is influenced by the number of languages a child is learning - which challenges the belief that children are linguistic sponges who quickly absorb the language or languages they hear and become proficient speakers of both languages!

Learn how to better engage diverse families in your program!

All parents want the best for their children, and there are plenty of creative ways to support parent involvement in early childhood programs. The McCormick Center has a collection of resources, training and ideas to help you engage diverse families in your program!

A letter to early educators working with refugee children

There seems to be a lot of talk about politics. But not enough talking about you, the early childhood educator. You are very important. In the language of resilience research, you are a most valuable protective factor. You are giving children hope that good adults can look out for them. You are letting them control their confusing world by allowing them to play and learn.

Keeping home languages alive key to English success for newcomer kids

A language workshop for parents in northeast Calgary is highlighting the many benefits of keeping home languages alive and encouraging parents to pass on their spoken language to their kids.

Checklist: Planning for a Multicultural Child Care Environment

Use this helpful checklist for planning a multicultural child care environment to see how your program is doing, and identify areas for improvements!

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Care in ECE- Key Strategies for Healing and Behavioural Change

Children with a history of trauma often “act out” their distress through behaviors that are challenging for adults to understand. This webinar will focus on understanding the message of challenging behaviour and strategies to help children heal.

Webinar – Young Children in Refugee Families and Early Childhood Programs: Ways to Mitigate the Effects of Trauma

Young children in refugee families often endure significant direct or indirect trauma from their experiences during conflict, flight, or resettlement. The issue of trauma has gained increasing visibility across the early childhood field, yet relatively little research has explored the specific traumatic experiences and needs of young refugee children or strategies to address them. High-quality early childhood programs can have enormous benefits, particularly for the children of immigrants and refugees. Join this webinar where experts will discuss the effects of trauma on the development of young refugee children, and practical strategies that child-care providers in Canada are using to support the resiliency of refugee children and families.