Early childhood education and care (ecec) services in australia therefore have contact with families from many different cultural backgrounds humans are cultural beings we learn to communicate and understand our world through the context of our languages, traditions, behaviours, beliefs and values. Ways to include diversity in early childhood programs since diversity and multicultural education must occur all the time in early childhood programs, we need to look at ways that we can make our curriculum and instruction as multicultural and diverse as possible (wardle & cruz-janzen, 2003. Demographics impact early childhood education what new professional development strategies need practices to make certain that cultural awareness is diversity in early childhood,” dimensions of early childhood vol 40, no1 little rock, ark, southern early childhood association. Fuller b standardized childhood: the political and cultural struggle over early education palo alto: stanford university press 2007 palo alto: stanford university press 2007 ball j promoting equity and dignity for aboriginal children in canada.
Cultural diversity the learning child team of unl-extension is committed to providing research based and culturally responsive information that reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve we believe in the importance of promoting quality early learning environments for children that are culturally and developmentally appropriate. Responding to linguistic and cultural diversity recommendations for effective early childhood education a position statement of the national association for the education of young children adopted november 1995 the united states is a nation of great cultural diversity. Interculturalism: addressing diversity in early childhood cultural context within the early childhood education cultural context early childhood professionals have the responsibility to demonstrate sensitivity, inclusiveness, and respect toward all family compositions. Cda & diversity and inclusion t he council of professional recognition is a leader in the professional development of the early care and education industry its child development associate™ (cda) national credential includes six competency standards and 13 functional areas, each of which speaks directly to the cultural development of children.
Implicit in the current debate about diversity and early education are differing perceptions of the goals of early education the goal of assimilation would suggest different practices than would the goal of preserving children's native cultures.
Introduction “cultural sensitivity” is common advice in the field of early childhood learning and development, and few would argue with it 1 but are we willing to take this advice to the point of yielding to culturally-based understandings of how children learn and how to promote optimal developmental outcomes on the contrary, there is a great deal more rhetoric about responding to.
It can also help to address any difficulties or discrimination that may occur in an early childhood setting ecec services can also support children and families from diverse backgrounds by promoting understanding of and mutual respect for diversity. Very often, early childhood classrooms are filled with students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, but the unique features of these different cultural communities is not well understood by educators and therefore not well integrated into classroom and school-wide practice. Responding to linguistic and cultural diversity a position statement of the national association for the education of young children page 3 of 8 social, emotional, and cognitive development.
When early childhood educators respect the diversity of families and communities, and the aspirations they hold for children, they are able to foster children’s motivation to learn and reinforce their sense of themselves as competent learners 1. Since diversity and multicultural education must occur all the time in early childhood programs, we need to look at ways that we can make our curriculum and instruction as multicultural and diverse as possible (wardle & cruz-janzen, 2003.