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:
- New Online Tutorial- Understanding Children’s Settlement: The Basics
- Supporting The Settlement Of Young Immigrant Children And Their Families, by Julie Dotsch is now available online!
- A Blueprint for Supporting Emergent Bilinguals in Your Program: Roma Chumak-Horbatsch’s Linguistically Appropriate Practice
- Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children
Resources published by CMAS on the subject of culture and diversity
- The Importance of Promoting Diversity in Early Childhood Programs
- 5 Strategies for Supporting Multilingual Children in Your Program
- Intentional Inclusion For Multicultural Classrooms
- A Look Around the World – Winter Celebrations
External publications and helpful links available through the CMAS website that deal with culture and diversity