Cultural Competency & Resources in Multiple Languages

Updated June 27, 2016

Resources in Multiple Languages. Planet Earth surrounded by hello in various languagesIn response to requests from the field for resources to support culturally competent work with children and families as well as easy access to resources in multiple languages, additional web resources have been identified and collected below.

The following links may be of interest as you search the world wide web for information on inclusive child care and other related topics. Many of the sites listed below are good starting points for additional links. The descriptions come from the sites themselves and are not offered with any official Map to Inclusive Child Care or WestEd endorsement.*

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American Federation for the Blind (AFB) Opens in new window

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss.

AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB's work in these areas is supported by the strong presence the organization maintains in Washington, DC, ensuring the rights and interests of people with vision loss are represented in our nation's public policies.

Autism Society of America (ASA) Opens in new window

ASA, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Autism Speaks Opens in new window

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Bananas Inc. Opens in new window

BANANAS is a child care resource and referral service. We often just call ourselves an R&R, short for Resource and Referral. We helped create R&R's in California and in the rest of the country. We exist to help parents find child care and children's services in their communities.

Sounds simple? Well, a lot goes into that task. We help develop new child care resources and maintain existing ones so that parents have a good selection to choose from. We provide counseling to parents as they tackle the difficult task of choosing child care. We provide back-up support in different languages (written materials, workshops, support groups, advice line) to parents. We participate in myriad cooperative activities in the community to work on building a better world for children and families.

Brooks Publishing: Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children Resource opens in a new window

As your program welcomes more and more culturally and linguistically diverse children, be sure you're meeting their needs with practical, research-based resources. This web page provides articles, excerpts, video clips and a free downloadable:

California Department of Education Publications: Family Partnerships and Culture ( February 2016) (PDF) (35MB)

This California Department of Education publication provides early childhood educators with valuable information on the most current research on the development of young dual language learners. This series of research overviews spans the disciplines of neuroscience, cognitive science, developmental psychology, assessment, educational research, family engagement, and special needs.

California's Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners Research Overview Papers (PDF) (3MB)

This California Department of Education publication provides early childhood educators with valuable information on the most current research on the development of young dual language learners. This series of research overviews spans the disciplines of neuroscience, cognitive science, developmental psychology, assessment, educational research, family engagement, and special needs.

California Tomorrow Opens in new window

California Tomorrow's mission is to help create a just and inclusive multiracial, multicultural and multilingual society by promoting equal access to social, economic and educational resources and equal participation in major institutions, and by embracing diversity as a great strength.

Since 1984, we have specialized in the development of new models and strategies to bring about inclusion and equity. California Tomorrow works directly with people in public schools, community-building organizations, family-serving institutions, after school and early childhood programs, community colleges, and private philanthropy to build the capacity of their institutions to effectively serve all communities. We collect and interpret demographic data in relation to social justice. And we engage in advocacy aimed at furthering equity, challenging exclusion, and promoting policies that build upon the assets of our society's diversity.

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR): Fact Sheet on the Rights of Immigrant Children Opens in new window

A new fact sheet, Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States, from the U.S. Department of Education, provides information to help families, parent centers, advocates and education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies (LEAs) in connection with immigrant students, and the existing resources available to help educate them – including children who recently arrived in the United States.

Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), Resources for Supporting Teachers and Administrators to Improve Outcomes for Dual Language Learners in Pre-K through Third Grade (March 2015) (PDF)

This document identifies selected resources on best practices and policy to support effective teaching and learning for dual language learners (DLL) in early childhood programs and early elementary school.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Learning (CSEFEL) Opens in new window

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. To support this goal, we have developed a conceptual model of evidence-based practices for promoting young children's social emotional competence and preventing and addressing challenging behavior.

Childhood Matters Opens in new window & Nuestros Niños ES: Español, SpanishOpens in new window

Childhood Matters and Nuestros Niños are live one-hour weekly call-in radio shows presented by Interactive Parenting Media whose mission is to inform and inspire parents and all who care about children so that every child may be happy, healthy, and thrive. We provide a respectful, inclusive public forum through our interactive radio shows — Childhood Matters and Nuestros Niños — and other media in English and Spanish. The websites allows you to listen to past shows and provide access to parenting resources.

Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD) Opens in new window

CPAD Is a non-profit organization dedicated to help individuals with special needs and their families (e.g. Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy… etc). All the parent members are volunteers, and strive to help each individual achieve his or her full potential toward a meaningful and productive life; to encourage opportunities of social integration, and social inclusion into mainstream society. We can provide information about various disabilities, suggest referrals to appropriate community resources, and offer interpreter/translation assistance. On a periodic basis, CPAD also invites subject matter experts and legal petitioners to speak on subjects such as how to fight for better educational services and gain better understanding of their legal rights.

Colorin of Colorado Opens in new window

Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs). Colorín Colorado is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital. Major funding comes from the American Federation of Teachers, with additional support from the National Institute for Literacy and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Communication Development: A Parent's Guide Opens in new window

The guide provides an online guide to communication development for parents. The purpose of this guide is to provide current information about topics related children's speech, language, and communication development that may be helpful to parents. In this guide, you'll find information on commonly asked questions about communication development and about speech and language therapy.

Culture of Disability- Disabled: Just #SaytheWord

This is a thoughtful discussion from a person with a disability on why use the word disabled.

Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services Early Childhood Research Institute (CLAS) Opens in new window

The CLAS Institute identifies, evaluates, and promotes effective and appropriate early intervention practices and preschool practices that are sensitive and respectful to children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The CLAS Institute identifies, collects, reviews, catalogs, abstracts, and describes materials and practices developed for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and professionals who work with them.

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Daria Music Content includes audio Opens in new window

Meet a wonderful children's performer who has traveled the globe to share music that inspires, empowers and is just plain fun! On this award winning website you can find lots of great ways to have fun with music, build your own instruments build your own instruments Content includes audio Opens in new window, discover silly songs Content includes audio Opens in new window or design a multi-cultural project for your school or community group. Each month a free song is available for download Content includes audio Opens in new window.

Disability Rights California Opens in new window

Disability Rights California works to bring about fairness and justice for people with disabilities. To reach those goals of fairness and justice, they may: file lawsuits on behalf of individuals or groups: investigate charges of abuse and neglect; build peer/self advocacy groups; forge community partnerships; advocate for change in laws, regulations, and public policy, and provide information to those who may not know about their rights.

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), A Service of the Office of Head Start (OHS) Opens in new window

Cultural and Linguistic Responsivenes This section provides resources to support staff that work with dual language learners who are diagnosed with a disability, or who may need an evaluation to determine their eligibility.

The following resources will help you learn about dual language learners and their families:

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) Resource opens in a new window

Logo that reads The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center ECTA is comprised of several recent OSEP-funded TA centers (NECTAC, CELL and TACSEI and ECO within the next two years). The purpose of ECTA is to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.

Early Intervention Strategies for Success Resource opens in a new window

Series of 5 photographs of an infant taking their first stepsEarly Intervention Strategies for Success is a blog produced by the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center. It offers practical articles and discussions about implementing early intervention supports and strategies. Tips and strategies useful when working with families of infants and toddlers with special needs within the context of their everyday routines are provided along with best practices, follow-up from professional development activities, and other topics relevant to early interventionists in Virginia. The strategies are relevant to home visitors and early interventionists from any state.

Enabling Education Network (EENET) Opens in new window

EENET is an information-sharing network on the issue of inclusive education. Our network is open to everyone. We share information originating in countries of the South and encourage conversations and debates about inclusion and rights in education.

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) Opens in new window

Based in San Diego, the Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) is a community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals. It is designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education, and support. Services and supports are offered in English and Spanish.

Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) Opens in new window

EPU's mission is to strengthen and empower children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental, and parenting challenges.

Family Village – A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources Opens in new window

The Family Village is a global community that integrates information, resources and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families and for those that provide them services. The community includes informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology, adaptive recreational activities, education, health issues, disability-related media and literature, and much more.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs Opens in new window

The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. We can help! Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the Federation operates a Parent Center in Massachusetts which offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs.

Fiesta Educativa, Inc. Opens in new window

Fiesta Educativa was founded in California in 1978 to inform and assist Latino families in obtaining services and in caring for their children with special needs. Fiesta Educativa was formed by family members and professionals who recognized the need to provide assistance and advocacy to these Spanish-speaking families.

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Harvard Family Research Project Opens in new window

Logo for Harvard Family Research Project Since 1983, we have helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities. We work primarily within three areas that support children's learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of our work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.

Head Start Center for Inclusion Spanish Content ES: Español, Spanish Opens in new window

Bienvenidos a la consolidación del Sitio en Español de Head Start Center for Inclusion. En un continuo esfuerzo de aumentar la accesibilidad a las herramientas y recursos de HSCI, más abajo están disponibles las versiones de los materiales traducidos al español. Para posibles preguntas, contacten con Taiya Minott.

Los servicios de la traducción al español para HSCI fueron proporcionados por Vilma Illanes, una educadora altamente experimentada con veinte años enseñando los grados 100, 200, y 300 de español, en niveles de college y de universidad.

  • Materiales de Capacitación de 15 Minutos
  • Módulos
  • Historias sociales
  • Grupo de la comunidad de HSCI
  • Hojas de Consejos para un Comportamiento Desafiante Opens in new window, a government Web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

  • Sitio en Español (Site in Spanish) ES: Español, Spanish Opens in new window
    Based on the English version , health en espanol offers personalized and actionable health information presented in an easy to read format. The quick Guide to Health Living provide information on over 40 different health topics from acupuncture to vaccinations. Each heath topic includes small steps and quick tips you can follow to be health and stay healthy.

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection of Kern County Opens in new window

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection is a Family Resource Center and a Family Empowerment Center staffed by parents and family members of Kern County children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Staff in the Family Resource Center provide families with parent to parent support, advocacy, training and assistance, resource coordination and information.

Improving Access and Opportunity for Latinos in Early Childhood Opens in new window

What are the elements of a quality education for young Latino children and their teachers that is culturally and linguistically responsive to their needs? The Center for Children & Families conducted a project to address this critical issue, and as a result developed a set of publications to support trainers, practitioners, and families.

Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) Opens in new window

ICI offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.

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LD OnLine Opens in new window

LD OnLine is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month. LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

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Matrix Parent Network + Resource Center Opens in new window

Matrix is a parent-run information and resource center providing no-cost services to families of children with special needs (birth through age 26) in Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Through the delivery of comprehensive support services, Matrix helps families in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties become well informed and better able to advocate for their children in order to enrich their lives.

National Associaton for Multicultural Education (NAME) Opens in new window

The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) was founded in 1990 to bring together individuals from all academic levels and disciplines and from diverse educational institutions, and other organizations, occupations and communities who had an interest in multicultural education. NAME is committed to a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of democracy and cultural pluralism.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Opens in new window

Logo that reads N A E Y C in lower case lettersFounded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

  • Cultural Competence Opens in new window
  • Engaging Diverse Families Opens in new window
    Engaging Diverse Families (EDF) is helping early childhood education programs effectively engage diverse families. Our goal is to learn how excellent early childhood education programs are effectively engaging diverse families and to share what we learn with other programs struggling to start and sustain family engagement practices.
  • I Dream of the Day Resource opens in a new window
    Isauro Michael Escamilla, M.A., an Early Childhood Education Teacher Researcher from the San Francisco Unified School District, spoke at the closing session of NAEYC's Institute for Professional Development in San Francisco this year. Here is a particularly moving excerpt .

National Black Child Development Institute Inc. (NBCDI) Opens in new window

To give our future the chance it deserves, NBCDI advances a multi-faceted agenda to promote and protect the well-being of all African American children. NBCDI's wide range of programs respond to the necessity to replace the one-size fits-all, deficit-oriented paradigm with initiatives that serve children based on their strengths and needs. Our programs assist children and families who are experiencing challenges in the areas of early care and education, health, parenting, education, and child welfare. NBCDI's affiliate chapters composed of volunteers are not only reaching out to African American children; they're connecting with them in ways that make a difference. NBCDI also serves as a resource to people who are professionally and personally committed to children and families.

National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) Opens in new window

NCCC provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education and advocacy. The NCCC is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical Center. It provides training, technical assistance, and consultation, contributes to knowledge through publications and research, creates tools and resources to support health and mental health care providers and systems, supports leaders to promote and sustain cultural and linguistic competency, and collaborates with an extensive network of private and public entities to advance the implementation of these concepts

National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) Opens in new window

The United States is fortunate to have a diverse population, but in the 23 decades since its establishment, the US has faced many challenges to its democratic ideals. Chief among these has been responding equitably to the ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and religious differences that characterize its people. Schools continue to reflect this struggle even today. NCCRESt works with state and local systems to address ingrained school practices that contribute to perpetuating disparities in access to learning. We provide technical assistance and professional development to schools and their communities, including resources for early intervention, universal screening, progress monitoring, and culturally-responsive response to intervention.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Opens in new window

NCLR has profiled four early childhood education programs from our network of Affiliates that exemplify best practices in serving young Latino and ELL children and their families. Each report profiles one Affiliate and provides policy recommendations to help bring these programs to scale. The link gives you access to 4 downloadable reports on Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success: Best Practices in 1) Professional Development 2) Students Assessments 3) Language Instruction and 4) Family Engagement

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Our mission: To strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through 5 years) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate and family-centered supports and services.

NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. NECTAC serves all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions with an array of services and supports to improve service systems and outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children with special needs and their families.

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.

NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families. This work includes collaborating with tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs to increase their service capacity, enhancing tribal-state relationships, and providing training, technical assistance, information services and alliance building.

National Indian Parent Information Center
The National Indian Parent Information Center is a national program that provides information (printed, by email, phone and workshops) on disability issues for Native family members who have children with disabilities and the professional who work with them. We provide workshops on and off reservations to Tribes, Nations and Clans on Disability Laws and Parent Leadership. Our services for families are at no cost to family members. We hope to give Indian families a voice that will impact the special education process.

National Information Center for Children and Youth (NICHCY) with Disabilities
NICHCY serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices. The website provides a wealth of information.

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Established in 1988, NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

It is estimated that more than 46 million people in the United States suffer some form of disordered communication. NIDCD has focused national attention on disorders of human communication and has contributed to advances in biomedical and behavioral research that will improve the lives of millions of individuals with communication disorders. NIDCD has made important contributions to the body of knowledge needed to help those who experience communication disorders and to advance research in all aspects of human communication.

Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC)
NAPTAC is a project within EPICS to provide training and technical assistance to Parent Training Information Centers (PTI's) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC's) nationwide on providing effective, culturally responsive services to Native American families of children with disabilities, as well as youth with disabilities.

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Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms
The 2nd Edition of the OSEP Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms is an English to Spanish translation of terms found in IDEA Part C and Part B.

PACER Center
Translated Content Overview: PACER offers bilingual workshops, individual assistance and translated publications focusing on issues facing families from diverse backgrounds. When you call PACER you may ask to speak with a multicultural staff person. You will be able to discuss your concerns and explore choices with an understanding parent advocate who also has a child with special needs.

To view PACER's translated publications click on the links below:

Parent Tool Kit

Parent Tool Kit

This toolkit, produced by NBC News Education Nation, will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage. Produced by NBC's Education Nation project, the Parent Toolkit website has comprehensive resources and minute-long videos for parents of kids at every age and grade. The content covers a variety of topics, including health and wellness, academics, and social and emotional development. All the videos and resources are available in both English and Spanish,

Pathways Awareness Foundation
Pathways Awareness Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefit of early detection and early therapy for children with early motor delays. We strive to help all children develop to reach their fullest potential.

Our website, designed for both parents and professionals, contains valuable information about children's physical development and crucial infant milestones, including a growth and development chart in 11 different languages that lets you track your child's physical, play, and speech milestones from 3 to 15 months. Great tip: Print out our chart and keep it on your refrigerator or above your changing table!

People First Language PDF, Adobe Acrobat Required
That old "sticks and stones" saying is wrong: words are powerful and they can hurt! Other civil rights movements generated changes toward more respectful and accurate language and attitudes; the Disability Rights Movement is doing the same, beginning with People First Language. (This is the 4-page version, with examples.)

Preschool English Learners
The purpose of the English Learning for Preschoolers Project is to offer teaching strategies, materials and trainings to individuals interested in achieving optimal educational outcomes for children who attend public preschool programs, are between the ages of 3 and 5, and arrive at school knowing a language other than English or who come from homes in which more than one language is spoken, one of which may be English. The information contained in the products and presentations are based on the most current research and successful practices.

The English Learning for Preschoolers Project is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education & Support Division (EESD). Our project is one of the many quality improvement activities undertaken by the EESD in order to assure that California's children receive the best care and education possible.

Proyecto Vision
Proyecto Vision is a bilingual project to connect Latinos with disabilities to employment opportunities. The U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) awarded the World Institute on Disability (WID), based in Oakland, California, a five-year grant to establish the National Technical Assistance Center for Latinos with Disabilities living in the United States.

The Right Choice for Kids
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) can help parents feel good about the child care, preschool, and kindergarten programs they choose. More than 20 years ago, NAEYC created an accreditation system to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. NAEYC Accreditation has become the mark of quality, helping parents find the best possible early childhood experience. For more information about NAEYC Accreditation and the value of NAEYC-accredited programs, you can download and print these brochures and materials:

  • NAEYC Accreditation: The Right Choice for Kids -- a family-friendly introduction to NAEYC Accreditation, available in English and Español ES: Español, Spanish.
  • This Guide for Families based on the 10 standards can help you in your search for a great program. Available in English and en Español ES: Español, Spanish.

Special Parents Information Network
Parents of children with special needs may feel isolated and overwhelmed with the medical, emotional, financial, educational and social issues they face as they raise their child. SPIN is a non-profit parent-to-parent support and information network serving parents, guardians and families in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties who have a child or children with special needs of any age.

In 1985 a group of Santa Cruz County parents of children with special needs began meeting together for support. Through the years parents have continued to maintain the organization that, in 1996, became known as SPIN (Special Parents Information Network). In June, 2000, SPIN became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. SPIN continues to support and provide information about resources to strengthen families.

State of California Department of Developmental Services
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
The mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey is to empower families and inform and involve professionals and other individuals interested in the healthy development and educational rights of children.

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
Is a parent-run San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1982. We support families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need as they face challenges. Our newsletter is published quarterly in English, Spanish and Chinese. For a free subscription to the newsletter, and/or to have a copy snail-mailed to you, please call Open Gate at 415-920-5040, or email Be sure to include your complete address and your preferred language.

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Teaching Pyramid Training and Technical Assistance Model External website will open in new window
Logo of a triangle with 4 layers of color over the words Teaching PyramidThe Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) External website will open in new window is a national center focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. The Center has developed and disseminated evidence-based, user-friendly information to help early childhood educators meet the needs of the growing number of children with challenging behaviors and mental health challenges in child care and Head Start programs. The Teaching Pyramid Model is a systematic framework developed by CSEFEL that incorporates Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support (EC-PBS) through promoting social-emotional development, providing support for children's appropriate behavior, preventing challenging behavior, and addressing problematic behavior. (Please see the accompanying article from the July 2003 issue of Young Children for a complete description of this model.)

Through a partnership with CSEFEL, WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies, San Marcos Office (WestEd San Marcos) is able to offer the comprehensive, program-wide Teaching Pyramid Model to organizations in California.

United Cerebral Palsy
Founded in 1949, the national organization and its nationwide network of affiliates strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society—from the Web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community. United Cerebral Palsy's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

Vietnamese Parents with Disabled Children Association
The principal objectives of the VPDCA are:

  • To advocate for the right of Vietnamese children with disabilities and of their families.
  • To assist parents, free of charge, in obtaining necessary benefits and services for their children with special needs (SSI, Medi-Cal, CCS, IHSS,...)
  • To promote linguistically and culturally appropriate education/training opportunities.
  • To promote mutual support and assistance.

Presently our activities are limited to Los Angeles and Orange counties. In the future, depending on available staff and resources, our activities may extend to state and federal levels.

  • This site available in English and Vietnamese VI: Tiếng Việt, Vietnamese

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Washington Learning Systems
Washington Learning Systems is offering free language and early literacy activities, developed by Angela Notari-Syverson and Judy Challoner, with illustrations by Don Syverson (available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, Burmese and Russian). The materials include home and community activities for adults and young children (birth-5) that encourage early language and literacy development. They are appropriate for children with disabilities, as well as children who are developing typically. To download the materials go from the site, click on "Literacy Resources." You will need to create an account using your email address and a password.

The development of these materials was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and by funding from Washington Learning Systems. They may be copied and distributed freely, as long as they are not sold.

  • On the Go Resources - Available in English, Spanish, Somali, Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Burmese
    The "On the Go" materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. The materials are designed to encourage parents to interact with their children while they are "On the Go" to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions. The 14 activities are accompanied by hints for each of the activities about how to modify them to meet the specific developmental needs of the child. Each activity fits on a half-sheet of paper, so it can be easily provided to parents as a take-home.

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