Culture and Diversity CMAS Resources

Understanding Separation Anxiety – Julie Dotsch

It is important for children to form firm attachments with their parents; however, a child’s ability to gradually separate from their parent is an important milestone. When the separation is handled well, it builds the child’s confidence, helps them with future separations, assists them in forming trusting relationships and builds trust between the parent and child. Julie Dotsch, an ECE Diversity consultant for One World, shares signs of separation anxiety and how to deal with them.Read More

Integrating Newcomer Children: A Compassionate Approach with Julie Dotsch

Anyone who participated in the “Culture Shock in Preschool Children” workshop at last year’s Ontario Professional Development Conference for LINC Caregivers could see that Julie Dotsch is a true visionary in the Caring for Newcomer Children field. Read More

Second Language Learning

Julie Dotsch looks at second language learning and how Culture Shock can impede language development. Read More

Keeping the Child’s First Language

Many people believe that in order to help a new immigrant/refugee child make a success in their new life, the family should change to using the new language in this new culture (i.e. English) in their home. Julie Dotsch examines themany reasons why families should be encouraged to keep their native language with their children at home. . Read More

Inclusion in Newcomer Children’s Programs

What is inclusion? Child care inclusion means that all children can attend and benefit from the same child care programs. Inclusion as a core principle in a pan-Canadian child care system would eliminate any exclusion based on [special abilities] and would go beyond non-discrimination – assuring that children with disabilities get the support they need to benefit from child care. Read more

Inclusion in Newcomer Children’s Programs

Inclusion in child care means that all children can attend and benefit from the same child care programs regardless of their diverse abilities. Inclusion removes barriers in order to allow all children, regardless of race, colour or special needs, to fully participate in all aspects of a child care program. Read more

Managing Separation Anxiety When the Parents Leave

One of the main goals in the infant program is to establish a sense of trust between one primary care staff and a maximum of three infants. Consequently, the way in which separation anxiety is handled is very important. Establishing a strong emotional bond is essential for early learning. Read more