Culture and Diversity Quick Tip Sheets

A Guide for Newcomer Parents About School in Canada

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation has a guide will help to address some of the questions that immigrant and refugee parents may have about the school system in Canada, and give them the opportunity to address how their parenting role may be different in Canada than it was in their home country.

Four reasons children should learn their home language

To speak or not to speak? How important is one’s home language or mother tongue? These are questions that immigrant families ponder. While there is no clear answer to the questions, here are four factors to consider. Read more...

Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children

Moving to a new country is overwhelming, especially for a young child. They are just beginning to learn routines and to express themselves in their familiar surroundings when, suddenly, everything changes. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to help ease this difficult transition. Here is a new resource sheet that provides ideas for welcoming new children into your program.

Inclusion: What Does It Mean?

Inclusion means giving children with special needs and their parents or caregivers the same opportunities to learn, enjoy and participate as other families have. All children benefit from inclusion. Exposure to children with diverse skills and abilities at a young age provides a foundation for a lifetime of understanding and respecting differences. It promotes awareness of human differences and leads to greater acceptance.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

Supporting Children with Special Needs and Their Families- Child Care Worker

Newcomer families have experienced the difficult transition of leaving friends and family and their support network behind. As one of the first points of contact, your program’s support is vital to the success of the child with special needs and his or her family. Read more

Helping Newcomer Parents and Infants to Say Goodbye: Managing Separation Anxiety

Having to say goodbye can often be difficult at the best of times. It can be particularly difficult for families adjusting to life in a new country. Both the parents and the infants have been through many changes and challenges already. This may be the first time the parent(s) and their child will be separated from one another. 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