Cultural Competency & Resources in Multiple Languages
Updated September 17, 2013
In response to requests from the field for resources to support culturally competent work with children and families as well as easy access to resources in multiple languages, additional web resources have been identified and collected below.
The following links may be of interest as you search the world wide web for information on inclusive child care and other related topics. Many of the sites listed below are good starting points for additional links. The descriptions come from the sites themselves and are not offered with any official Map to Inclusive Child Care or WestEd endorsement.*
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss.
AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB's work in these areas is supported by the strong presence the organization maintains in Washington, DC, ensuring the rights and interests of people with vision loss are represented in our nation's public policies.
ASA, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
BANANAS is a child care resource and referral service. We often just call ourselves an R&R, short for Resource and Referral. We helped create R&R's in California and in the rest of the country. We exist to help parents find child care and children's services in their communities.
Sounds simple? Well, a lot goes into that task. We help develop new child care resources and maintain existing ones so that parents have a good selection to choose from. We provide counseling to parents as they tackle the difficult task of choosing child care. We provide back-up support in different languages (written materials, workshops, support groups, advice line) to parents. We participate in myriad cooperative activities in the community to work on building a better world for children and families.
California Tomorrow's mission is to help create a just and inclusive multiracial, multicultural and multilingual society by promoting equal access to social, economic and educational resources and equal participation in major institutions, and by embracing diversity as a great strength.
Since 1984, we have specialized in the development of new models and strategies to bring about inclusion and equity. California Tomorrow works directly with people in public schools, community-building organizations, family-serving institutions, after school and early childhood programs, community colleges, and private philanthropy to build the capacity of their institutions to effectively serve all communities. We collect and interpret demographic data in relation to social justice. And we engage in advocacy aimed at furthering equity, challenging exclusion, and promoting policies that build upon the assets of our society's diversity.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. To support this goal, we have developed a conceptual model of evidence-based practices for promoting young children's social emotional competence and preventing and addressing challenging behavior.
- Sitio en Español (Site in Spanish)
View practical strategies and tools in downloadable PDFs in Spanish for teachers and caregivers.
Childhood Matters and Nuestros Niños are live one-hour weekly call-in radio shows presented by Interactive Parenting Media whose mission is to inform and inspire parents and all who care about children so that every child may be happy, healthy, and thrive. We provide a respectful, inclusive public forum through our interactive radio shows — Childhood Matters and Nuestros Niños — and other media in English and Spanish. The websites allows you to listen to past shows and provide access to parenting resources.
CPAD Is a non-profit organization dedicated to help individuals with special needs and their families (e.g. Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy… etc). All the parent members are volunteers, and strive to help each individual achieve his or her full potential toward a meaningful and productive life; to encourage opportunities of social integration, and social inclusion into mainstream society. We can provide information about various disabilities, suggest referrals to appropriate community resources, and offer interpreter/translation assistance. On a periodic basis, CPAD also invites subject matter experts and legal petitioners to speak on subjects such as how to fight for better educational services and gain better understanding of their legal rights.
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs). Colorín Colorado is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital. Major funding comes from the American Federation of Teachers, with additional support from the National Institute for Literacy and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
The guide provides an online guide to communication development for parents. The purpose of this guide is to provide current information about topics related children's speech, language, and communication development that may be helpful to parents. In this guide, you'll find information on commonly asked questions about communication development and about speech and language therapy.
The CLAS Institute identifies, evaluates, and promotes effective and appropriate early intervention practices and preschool practices that are sensitive and respectful to children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The CLAS Institute identifies, collects, reviews, catalogs, abstracts, and describes materials and practices developed for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and professionals who work with them.
- CLAS Institute Publications
Visit the CLAS Institute Publications page for selected publications regarding Cultural Competency
Meet a wonderful children's performer who has traveled the globe to share music that inspires, empowers and is just plain fun! On this award winning website you can find lots of great ways to have fun with music, build your own instruments build your own instruments , discover silly songs or design a multi-cultural project for your school or community group. Each month a free song is available for download .
Disability Rights California works to bring about fairness and justice for people with disabilities. To reach those goals of fairness and justice, they may: file lawsuits on behalf of individuals or groups: investigate charges of abuse and neglect; build peer/self advocacy groups; forge community partnerships; advocate for change in laws, regulations, and public policy, and provide information to those who may not know about their rights.
Cultural and Linguistic Responsivenes This section provides resources to support staff that work with dual language learners who are diagnosed with a disability, or who may need an evaluation to determine their eligibility.
The following resources will help you learn about dual language learners and their families:
ECTA is comprised of several recent OSEP-funded TA centers (NECTAC, CELL and TACSEI and ECO within the next two years). The purpose of ECTA is to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.
- ECTA Center for Families to help families understand their right under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), connect with other families and find high quality resources related to caring for infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities.
Early Intervention Strategies for Success is a blog produced by the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center. It offers practical articles and discussions about implementing early intervention supports and strategies. Tips and strategies useful when working with families of infants and toddlers with special needs within the context of their everyday routines are provided along with best practices, follow-up from professional development activities, and other topics relevant to early interventionists in Virginia. The strategies are relevant to home visitors and early interventionists from any state.
EENET is an information-sharing network on the issue of inclusive education. Our network is open to everyone. We share information originating in countries of the South and encourage conversations and debates about inclusion and rights in education.
- Documents in ten different languages including Arabic , French , Spanish , Portugese , & Russian
- Multiple Language Index for Inclusion under Enabling Education Network
The Index for Inclusion under Enabling Education Network is a set of materials to help schools reduce barriers to learning and participation for all children and young people. It also helps schools develop themselves in a way that values all students equally.
- Rede Inclusão - Sítio em Português (Site in Portuguese)
Also from Enabling Education Network, we are delighted to announce that Citizens of the World, an NGO based in Portugal, has launched Rede Inclusão – an EENET-inspired inclusive education website. It aims specifically to help education practitioners and stakeholders in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Principé to document and share their experiences of inclusive education.
Based in San Diego, the Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) is a community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals. It is designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education, and support. Services and supports are offered in English and Spanish.
EPU's mission is to strengthen and empower children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental, and parenting challenges.
The Family Village is a global community that integrates information, resources and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families and for those that provide them services. The community includes informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology, adaptive recreational activities, education, health issues, disability-related media and literature, and much more.
The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. We can help! Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the Federation operates a Parent Center in Massachusetts which offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs.
Fiesta Educativa was founded in California in 1978 to inform and assist Latino families in obtaining services and in caring for their children with special needs. Fiesta Educativa was formed by family members and professionals who recognized the need to provide assistance and advocacy to these Spanish-speaking families.
Since 1983, we have helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities. We work primarily within three areas that support children's learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of our work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.
- Family Engagement in Early Childhood: A Resource Guide for Early Learning Challenge Grant Recipients
- National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement
- National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group: Recommendations for Federal Policy
- Parent Teacher Conference Tip Sheet in English and Spanish
Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets provide key strategies for both parents and teachers to walk into conferences informed and prepared, in order to ensure the most successful outcomes.
- Valuing Families as Partners
Bienvenidos a la consolidación del Sitio en Español de Head Start Center for Inclusion. En un continuo esfuerzo de aumentar la accesibilidad a las herramientas y recursos de HSCI, más abajo están disponibles las versiones de los materiales traducidos al español. Para posibles preguntas, contacten con Taiya Minott.
Los servicios de la traducción al español para HSCI fueron proporcionados por Vilma Illanes, una educadora altamente experimentada con veinte años enseñando los grados 100, 200, y 300 de español, en niveles de college y de universidad.
- Materiales de Capacitación de 15 Minutos
- Historias sociales
- Grupo de la comunidad de HSCI
- Hojas de Consejos para un Comportamiento Desafiante
healthfinder.gov, a government Web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
- Sitio en Español (Site in Spanish)
Based on the English version , health finder.gov en espanol offers personalized and actionable health information presented in an easy to read format. The quick Guide to Health Living provide information on over 40 different health topics from acupuncture to vaccinations. Each heath topic includes small steps and quick tips you can follow to be health and stay healthy.
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection is a Family Resource Center and a Family Empowerment Center staffed by parents and family members of Kern County children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Staff in the Family Resource Center provide families with parent to parent support, advocacy, training and assistance, resource coordination and information.
What are the elements of a quality education for young Latino children and their teachers that is culturally and linguistically responsive to their needs? The Center for Children & Families conducted a project to address this critical issue, and as a result developed a set of publications to support trainers, practitioners, and families.
ICI offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.
- El Acto de Americanos con Desabilidades de 1990 (Site in Spanish)
Translation of the Americans with Disabilities Act: General Overview
LD OnLine is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month. LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
Matrix is a parent-run information and resource center providing no-cost services to families of children with special needs (birth through age 26) in Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.
Through the delivery of comprehensive support services, Matrix helps families in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties become well informed and better able to advocate for their children in order to enrich their lives.
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) was founded in 1990 to bring together individuals from all academic levels and disciplines and from diverse educational institutions, and other organizations, occupations and communities who had an interest in multicultural education. NAME is committed to a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of democracy and cultural pluralism.
Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
- Cultural Competence
- Engaging Diverse Families
Engaging Diverse Families (EDF) is helping early childhood education programs effectively engage diverse families. Our goal is to learn how excellent early childhood education programs are effectively engaging diverse families and to share what we learn with other programs struggling to start and sustain family engagement practices.
- I Dream of the Day
Isauro Michael Escamilla, M.A., an Early Childhood Education Teacher Researcher from the San Francisco Unified School District, spoke at the closing session of NAEYC's Institute for Professional Development in San Francisco this year. Here is a particularly moving excerpt .
To give our future the chance it deserves, NBCDI advances a multi-faceted agenda to promote and protect the well-being of all African American children. NBCDI's wide range of programs respond to the necessity to replace the one-size fits-all, deficit-oriented paradigm with initiatives that serve children based on their strengths and needs. Our programs assist children and families who are experiencing challenges in the areas of early care and education, health, parenting, education, and child welfare. NBCDI's affiliate chapters composed of volunteers are not only reaching out to African American children; they're connecting with them in ways that make a difference. NBCDI also serves as a resource to people who are professionally and personally committed to children and families.
NCCC provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education and advocacy. The NCCC is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical Center. It provides training, technical assistance, and consultation, contributes to knowledge through publications and research, creates tools and resources to support health and mental health care providers and systems, supports leaders to promote and sustain cultural and linguistic competency, and collaborates with an extensive network of private and public entities to advance the implementation of these concepts
The United States is fortunate to have a diverse population, but in the 23 decades since its establishment, the US has faced many challenges to its democratic ideals. Chief among these has been responding equitably to the ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and religious differences that characterize its people. Schools continue to reflect this struggle even today. NCCRESt works with state and local systems to address ingrained school practices that contribute to perpetuating disparities in access to learning. We provide technical assistance and professional development to schools and their communities, including resources for early intervention, universal screening, progress monitoring, and culturally-responsive response to intervention.
- Downloadable Training Modules: NCCRESt's Newest Professional Learning Module: Culturally Responsive Response to Intervention!
NCLR has profiled four early childhood education programs from our network of Affiliates that exemplify best practices in serving young Latino and ELL children and their families. Each report profiles one Affiliate and provides policy recommendations to help bring these programs to scale. The link gives you access to 4 downloadable reports on Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success: Best Practices in 1) Professional Development 2) Students Assessments 3) Language Instruction and 4) Family Engagement
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Our mission: To strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through 5 years) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate and family-centered supports and services.
NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. NECTAC serves all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions with an array of services and supports to improve service systems and outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children with special needs and their families.
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.
NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families. This work includes collaborating with tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs to increase their service capacity, enhancing tribal-state relationships, and providing training, technical assistance, information services and alliance building.
National Indian Parent Information Center
The National Indian Parent Information Center is a national program that provides information (printed, by email, phone and workshops) on disability issues for Native family members who have children with disabilities and the professional who work with them. We provide workshops on and off reservations to Tribes, Nations and Clans on Disability Laws and Parent Leadership. Our services for families are at no cost to family members. We hope to give Indian families a voice that will impact the special education process.
National Information Center for Children and Youth (NICHCY) with Disabilities
NICHCY serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices. The website provides a wealth of information.
- Sitio en Español (Site in Spanish)
- Productos y publicaciones en Español
- NICHCY's Pinterest Board connects to our fifteen helpful fact sheets on specific disabilities in Spanish. Share these with parents and community members so they can support children's learning and behavior outside of school.
National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Established in 1988, NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.
It is estimated that more than 46 million people in the United States suffer some form of disordered communication. NIDCD has focused national attention on disorders of human communication and has contributed to advances in biomedical and behavioral research that will improve the lives of millions of individuals with communication disorders. NIDCD has made important contributions to the body of knowledge needed to help those who experience communication disorders and to advance research in all aspects of human communication.
Translated Content Overview: PACER offers bilingual workshops, individual assistance and translated publications focusing on issues facing families from diverse backgrounds. When you call PACER you may ask to speak with a multicultural staff person. You will be able to discuss your concerns and explore choices with an understanding parent advocate who also has a child with special needs.
To view PACER's translated publications click on the links below:
Pathways Awareness Foundation
Pathways Awareness Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefit of early detection and early therapy for children with early motor delays. We strive to help all children develop to reach their fullest potential.
Our website, designed for both parents and professionals, contains valuable information about children's physical development and crucial infant milestones, including a growth and development chart in 11 different languages that lets you track your child's physical, play, and speech milestones from 3 to 15 months. Great tip: Print out our chart and keep it on your refrigerator or above your changing table!
People First Language
That old "sticks and stones" saying is wrong: words are powerful and they can hurt! Other civil rights movements generated changes toward more respectful and accurate language and attitudes; the Disability Rights Movement is doing the same, beginning with People First Language. (This is the 4-page version, with examples.)
Preschool English Learners
The purpose of the English Learning for Preschoolers Project is to offer teaching strategies, materials and trainings to individuals interested in achieving optimal educational outcomes for children who attend public preschool programs, are between the ages of 3 and 5, and arrive at school knowing a language other than English or who come from homes in which more than one language is spoken, one of which may be English. The information contained in the products and presentations are based on the most current research and successful practices.
The English Learning for Preschoolers Project is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE), Child Development Division (CDD). Our project is one of the many quality improvement activities undertaken by the CDD in order to assure that California's children receive the best care and education possible.
Proyecto Vision is a bilingual project to connect Latinos with disabilities to employment opportunities. The U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) awarded the World Institute on Disability (WID), based in Oakland, California, a five-year grant to establish the National Technical Assistance Center for Latinos with Disabilities living in the United States.
The Right Choice for Kids
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) can help parents feel good about the child care, preschool, and kindergarten programs they choose. More than 20 years ago, NAEYC created an accreditation system to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. NAEYC Accreditation has become the mark of quality, helping parents find the best possible early childhood experience. For more information about NAEYC Accreditation and the value of NAEYC-accredited programs, you can download and print these brochures and materials:
- NAEYC Accreditation: The Right Choice for Kids -- a family-friendly introduction to NAEYC Accreditation, available in English and Español .
- This Guide for Families based on the 10 standards can help you in your search for a great program. Available in English and en Español .
Special Parents Information Network
Parents of children with special needs may feel isolated and overwhelmed with the medical, emotional, financial, educational and social issues they face as they raise their child. SPIN is a non-profit parent-to-parent support and information network serving parents, guardians and families in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties who have a child or children with special needs of any age.
In 1985 a group of Santa Cruz County parents of children with special needs began meeting together for support. Through the years parents have continued to maintain the organization that, in 1996, became known as SPIN (Special Parents Information Network). In June, 2000, SPIN became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. SPIN continues to support and provide information about resources to strengthen families.
State of California Department of Developmental Services
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
The mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey is to empower families and inform and involve professionals and other individuals interested in the healthy development and educational rights of children.
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
Is a parent-run San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1982. We support families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need as they face challenges. Our newsletter is published quarterly in English, Spanish and Chinese. For a free subscription to the newsletter, and/or to have a copy snail-mailed to you, please call Open Gate at 415-920-5040, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your complete address and your preferred language.
United Cerebral Palsy
Founded in 1949, the national organization and its nationwide network of affiliates strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society—from the Web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community. United Cerebral Palsy's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.
Vietnamese Parents with Disabled Children Association
The principal objectives of the VPDCA are:
- To advocate for the right of Vietnamese children with disabilities and of their families.
- To assist parents, free of charge, in obtaining necessary benefits and services for their children with special needs (SSI, Medi-Cal, CCS, IHSS,...)
- To promote linguistically and culturally appropriate education/training opportunities.
- To promote mutual support and assistance.
Presently our activities are limited to Los Angeles and Orange counties. In the future, depending on available staff and resources, our activities may extend to state and federal levels.
- This site available in English and Vietnamese
Washington Learning Systems
Washington Learning Systems is offering free language and early literacy activities, developed by Angela Notari-Syverson and Judy Challoner, with illustrations by Don Syverson (available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, Burmese and Russian). The materials include home and community activities for adults and young children (birth-5) that encourage early language and literacy development. They are appropriate for children with disabilities, as well as children who are developing typically. To download the materials go from the site, click on "Literacy Resources." You will need to create an account using your email address and a password.
The development of these materials was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and by funding from Washington Learning Systems. They may be copied and distributed freely, as long as they are not sold.
- On the Go Resources - Available in English, Spanish, Somali, Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Burmese
The "On the Go" materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. The materials are designed to encourage parents to interact with their children while they are "On the Go" to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions. The 14 activities are accompanied by hints for each of the activities about how to modify them to meet the specific developmental needs of the child. Each activity fits on a half-sheet of paper, so it can be easily provided to parents as a take-home.
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