Culture and Diversity Quick Tip Sheets

A Guide for Newcomer Parents About School in Canada

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation has a guide that 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

After the trauma of fleeing their home country, refugee families need safe and stable environments. To create this kind of “safe haven”, programs can develop a space where children can hear English but are not pushed to use it, and where they can observe activities and are encouraged to join in but are not required to. Learn about the many other things you can do to reduce stress and help ease this difficult transition for families.

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