Diverse Populations


Diversity is one of the 12 content areas of the WI Core Competencies for Professionals Working with Young Children & Their Families. It is essential to be aware of the differences in culture, national origin, language, family structure, disability, religious beliefs, spirituality, economic status, and child rearing practices in any role or setting. When services are provided they should be in a culturally and linguistically responsive manner that honors the context, culture, and needs of the child & family.

New! Leading for Equity:  Opportunities for State Education Chiefs (webpage) 2017- This document from the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Aspen Education & Society Program outlines 10 actions State education leaders can take to create a more equitable educational system in their State.

The Impact of Discrimination on the Early Schooling Experiences of Children from Immigrant Families - Released Sep 2015, this report was prepared for a workshop held on Nov 20, 2014 at the Migration Policy Institute. The report underscores the importance of employing culturally responsive practices and offers recommendations for strengthening early learning systems to minimize discrimination.


Updated 2/16/2018

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