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Physical Environments, Materials, And Resources

This section or excerpt of the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Self-Assessment for Early Head Start and Head Start Programs requires staff to explore the ways in which they support and contribute to building a culturally responsive environment for young children -- that is welcoming and reflective of the young children, and families served within the classroom.

Please select A, B, or C for each of the items presented in this checklist

  1. = Things I do frequently
  2. = Things I do occasionally
  3. = Things I do rarely or never
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In our Head Start or Early Head Start program:

A B C 1. I hang pictures, posters and other materials that reflect the cultures and ethnic backgrounds of children and families we serve.
A B C 2. I include materials for the dramatic play/housekeeping area that represent different cultures (including dolls, clothing, cooking utensils, household articles, furniture, and other items).
A B C 3. I include pictures and storybooks in the book/literacy area that show the different cultures of children and families served.
A B C 4. I make sure that toys and other play items that represent the various cultural and ethnic groups in my community and the society in general.
A B C 5. I read a variety of books to children to expose them to various life experiences of people from ethnic and cultural groups other than their own.
A B C 6. I provide opportunities for children and their families to create their own books and include them among the resources and materials in the classroom.
A B C 7. I provide opportunities for children and their families to share experiences through storytelling, puppets, or other props to support the "story telling tradition" common among many cultures.
A B C 8. I plan trips and community outings to places where children and their families can learn about their own cultural or ethnic history as well as the history of others.
A B C 9. I select videos, films, or other media resources that reflect diverse cultures to share with children and families served in our program.
A B C 10. I play a variety of music and introduce musical instruments from many cultures to the children in my classroom.
A B C 11. I ensure that meals provided reflect the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of children and families served.
A B C 12. I provide opportunities for children to prepare and/or sample foods typically served by different cultural and ethnic groups.
A B C 13. If the children and families in our program are of the same cultural or ethnic group, I feel it is important to support an environment that reflects the cultural diversity within the society at large.
A B C 14. I implement activities that reflect the cultural diversity within the society at large.
A B C 15. I ensure that curricula include holidays that are unique to the culturally diverse children and families served in my program.
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