Cultural competence refers to respecting people with any cultural background, and creating and fostering an atmosphere of non-discrimination in society.
A core consideration in developmentally appropriate practice and cultural responsiveness is that educators learn about each child and family and intentionally adapt and respond to each child’s strengths and needs.
Being culturally responsive in your approach to caring for children begins with the caregiver and family relationship. When caregivers and families are able to communicate and build a trusting relationship, incorporating culture and diversity is a shared goal that provides support to the children in your care.
When a child's culture is accepted and understood by their school community, the child is able to develop a strong self-image and the confidence to learn. This aids in the child's ability to be ready for school. However, when a child's culture is not accepted or understood, children's self-image and development can be harmed.
Interested in learning how to create a culturally responsive classroom? H&H Child Care Training Center offers several training courses related to cultural competence in working with young children and families.
These are just a few of the many courses offered to support providers in their work with diverse children. H&H currently offers over 100 online training courses. H&H is also a CDA partner offering the CDA Credential for Infants and Toddlers, Preschool, and Family Child Care. The CDA is an excellent way to advance your career in the field of Early Childhood Education. Visit our website at www.childcareed.com and find the training course that fits your needs.