ERIC Number: ED375210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Drawing Strength from Diversity. Effective Services for Children, Youth, and Families.
Chang, Hedy Nai-Lin; And Others
This seven-chapter report explores in depth how issues relating to race, language, and culture can be incorporated into every stage of a reform process targeting supports to disadvantaged children and families. The report draws on 1993 research involving a survey of 98 collaborative programs in California, site visits to seven collaborative programs (six in California and one in Colorado), in-depth interviews with individuals involved in collaborative reform initiatives nationwide, and a literature review. The report's chapters discuss: (1) the links between human-services reform efforts and issues of diversity; (2) the use of community assessments to engage diverse stakeholders in identifying community strengths and resources to evaluate the cultural appropriateness of current services and to identify community needs and goals; (3) some strategies and approaches to the grounding of human services in an understanding of cultural, linguistic, and racial diversity; (4) staff development and other steps that agencies can take to equip themselves with workers who are able to respond to the needs of diverse children and families; (5) the institutional changes needed to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services; (6) governance strategies that support inclusive decision making; and (7) recommendations that apply to all groups to ensure that issues of diversity are addressed. Appendixes contain the research methodology and surveys. Contains 58 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Community Programs, Community Support, Cooperative Programs, Cultural Influences, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Improvement, Ethnic Groups, Governance, Human Services, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Profiles, Public Support, Staff Development, Training
California Tomorrow, Fort Mason Center, Building B, San Francisco, CA 94123 ($18 plus tax).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: California Tomorrow, Los Angeles.