Every child is different. You instinctively know that.
Where it gets trickier is knowing how to address the unique needs of each child in your care—especially when dealing with the diverse cultural backgrounds, languages, and expectations of immigrant and refugee families.
Your role as a child care professional is to adapt and balance your program’s activities and routines to meet both individual child and group needs. These programming choices, as well as each child’s progress, should be communicated with parents to build strong partnerships and ease settlement into your program and their new country.
This section includes information on working with newcomer families to develop individualized programming. It also includes practical, hands-on ideas for programs, space set-up and activities:
Quick Tip Sheets
- A New Way to Look at Inclusion
- Working with Multi-age Groups
- Selecting Space for Mobile Care
- Choosing Toys and Equipment for Mobile Care
Quick reference, practical tip sheets relating to the programming for newcomers in child care programs
- Top 25 ECE blogs from HiMama
- Supporting the Settlement of Young Immigrant Children and their Families by Julie Dotsch
- Webinar for Combined Care Administrators
- Loose Parts
Expert resources published by CMAS to help you build great programs and activities for the immigrant and refugee children in your care
- Building Emotional Literacy: Video
- Creative Expression Activities to Try
- Lessons from early years research: Video Series
- Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children
External publications and helpful links available through the CMAS website on programs and activities for programs that serve newcomer children