Children who are new to Canada bring with them a variety of experiences, language, traditions and cultures to share.
These need to be integrated, valued and appreciated in your child care program to reduce any culture shock, build self esteem, and ease settlement. Children also should see diversities, both in their own families and those of other Canadians, reflected in your programs.
A welcoming and inclusive program builds on the strengths of this diversity and encourages cooperation, exploration, imagination and learning.
Find informative and practical resources on subjects including culture, culture shock, separation anxiety and diversity:
Quick Tip Sheets
- A Guide for Newcomer Parents About School in Canada
- Four reasons children should learn their home language
- Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children
- Second Language Learning
Quick reference, practical tip sheets relating to culture and diversity in the context of caring for newcomer children
- New Online Tutorial- Understanding Children’s Settlement: The Basics
- Supporting the Settlement of Young Immigrant Children and their Families by Julie Dotsch
- A Blueprint for Supporting Emergent Bilinguals in Your Program: Roma Chumak-Horbatsch’s Linguistically Appropriate Practice
- Making Room for Diversity in Your Program: Q&A with Valerie Rhomberg
Expert resources published by CMAS on the subject of culture and diversity
- Webinar – Young Children in Refugee Families and Early Childhood Programs: Ways to Mitigate the Effects of Trauma
- Promising Practices in Refugee Education
- Webinar: Using Loose Parts to Create Culturally Sustainable Environments
- Migration Matters: Young Children of Newcomer Families
External publications and helpful links available through the CMAS website that deal with culture and diversity