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ERIC Number: EJ784115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Empowering Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families
Kirmani, Mubina Hassanali
Young Children, v62 n6 p94-98 Nov 2007
All deserve an early childhood education that is responsive to their families, communities, and racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. For young children to experience optimum learning, early childhood professionals must be prepared to meet children's diverse developmental, cultural, linguistic, and educational needs. Remembering her son's earliest experiences in school, the author looks at school entry in the United States from the vantage point of an immigrant of Asian Indian ethnicity, a Muslim born and raised in Kenya. To help children and families of ethnically diverse backgrounds develop self-esteem and a sense of belonging, she urges schools to welcome them and celebrate their home languages and cultures. She suggests strategies for creating culturally responsive classrooms and inclusive school spaces and proposes ways to build strong home-school partnerships by using the new families as resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States