Roots & Wings: Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs
Noting that the concept of America as a "melting pot" ignores the differences that make individuals unique, this book provides a perspective on culture's influence on life in the classroom and the importance of maintaining culture in the lives of young children by means of multicultural education. The book provides over 60 hands-on activities for children. These shape respectful attitudes toward cultural differences and provide examples of ways culture affects behavior and routines in the classroom, including strategies for responding in respectful ways, ideas for integrating cultural awareness, and recommendations for staff training in multicultural education. Chapter One provides an introduction to the book and a rationale for multicultural education. Chapter Two provides a definition of multicultural education, its importance and goals. Chapter Three provides guidance in "implementing multicultural education," while Chapter Four addresses integrating multiculturalism in the teaching and classroom environment. Chapter Five provides "activities for teaching children about culture" in areas such as skin color, physical characteristics, similarities and differences, and social skills. Chapter Six provides ideas for using "holidays and celebrations" in multicultural education. Chapter Seven addresses "children's awareness of differences," including cultural awareness and prejudice formation. Chapter Eight addresses "culturally responsive care and education" and describes culturally related child rearing patterns and dealing with ongoing problems. Chapter Nine addresses "talking to children about differences" as empowering and as an agent of change.
Stacey York. Roots & Wings: Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs (1991). Redleaf Press: St. Paul, MN.
Sponsoring Agency: Bush Foundation grant to Resources for Child Caring
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Developing Roots and Wings: A Trainer's Guide to Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs
Intended User Audience:
This publication was written for individuals working in
child care, who may be administrators, pre-service students,
faculty/trainers, parents, service delivery personnel,
paraprofessionals, early childhood teachers, and preschool
child care providers in the United States, regardless of race
or culture. This material will be useful to individuals
working with preschool children and who are interested in
Stacey York, who is European American, wrote this book. The Bush Foundation,, through a grant to Resources for Child Caring, Inc., provided funding for this publication.
An evaluation has been ongoing since the development of the material. Since the date of the printed material, more than 186-home and center-based child care providers in 3 cities and 4 counties in Eastern Virginia (in urban and suburban areas) were involved in the evaluation. Data suggests that the SpecialCare training resulted in an increase in caregivers' comfort, knowledge, and interest in caring for children with disabilities. Parents indicated that the availability of care was increased after SpecialCare training.
Approximately 4000 copies of this material have been disseminated throughout the United States and on U. S. military bases overseas.
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