ERIC Number: ED367455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Affirming Children's Roots: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Care and Education.
Chang, Hedy Nai-Lin
This report documents for the first time the growing ethnic mix of center-based child care in California. Based on a survey of 434 centers in 5 California counties selected for their ethnic and geographic diversity and large child populations, the report presents several types of information. First, it documents the scope of the demographic challenges facing child care centers by presenting the findings of the demographic analysis of the centers surveyed. Second, the report provides an understanding of the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate early care and education by referring to relevant research and literature. Finally, the report describes the everyday activities of several innovative child care centers in California that offer examples of culturally and linguistically appropriate care. The report makes recommendations for further research and calls for immediate action from the following groups: (1) California state agencies; (2) the federal government; (3) professional associations; (4) the statewide resource and referral network in California; (5) training institutions; and (6) private foundations. Three appendixes contain a methodology report, the child care center survey instrument, and a 63-item annotated list of books, articles, and other materials. A separate 8-page "Executive Summary" is appended. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Multicultural Education, Multilingualism, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, Racial Differences
California Tomorrow, Fort Mason Center, Building B, San Francisco, CA 94123.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: California Tomorrow, San Francisco.
Identifiers: Anti Bias Practices; California; Cultural Sensitivity; Culturally Relevant Curriculum; Culturally Responsive Education
Note: Funding also provided by the Miram and Peter Haas Fund.