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Working With Culturally Diverse Families — Understand Needs

Increasingly, the families in your program are likely to speak several different languages, to have recently moved to the United States or even to spend part of the year in another country. Some families may be migrants or refugees. These families may have special needs, such as 

  • The need to have newsletters, registration forms and other important documents translated
  • Help understanding the U.S. education system (for example, the policies and procedures around standardized testing)
  • Making sure program staff understand and are equipped to handle issues that arise due to differing cultural norms, e.g., some students cannot eat snacks during religious holidays
  • Issues or fears related to legal status

Reflect on This

Identify the backgrounds of the families in your program. What do you know about their attitudes toward schools and teachers? In My Notebook, capture some thoughts about how you can develop a plan to find out more about the families you serve.

My Notebook

Family Engagement

The Notebook is a useful way to jot down notes as you go through the various topics available on the You For Youth website. If you'd like to use the notebook, please sign in if you already have an account or register now to join the Y4Y community!

Glossary

Family Engagement