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Engaging and Supporting Culturally Diverse Families with Young Children

This webinar was held 8/25/2009

This Webinar is designed for early childhood care and education providers and early intervention and early childhood special education professionals or anyone who wants to increase their effectiveness in working with families from diverse cultures, especially those who have a young child with developmental concerns or delays.

It is for everyone who has ever wondered:

  • How can I avoid offending a parent who is from a culture different from my own?
  • How can I approach a parent about concerns I have about their child's development?
  • How can I respond to families who express concerns about their child's development?
  • How can I help families be comfortable in expressing their opinions and proposing solutions?
  • How can I support family decisions, even when I do not personally agree?


Part I: Serving Diverse Families in Minnesota
   -Diversity and Communication
   -Focus on Family Strengths
   -Strategies for Working with Families

Keynote presenter Dixie Jordan is a nationally certified cultural competence trainer, and a board member of the National Federation of Families. She has conducted more than 600 trainings, presentations, and keynotes nationally on topics such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), diversity, and early childhood.

Part II: Practical Tips for Successful Interactions
A panel of parent advocates representing Hispanic, Hmong, Somali and Native American diversities will present specific techniques to engage parents from diverse cultures. Presenters will discuss strategies that work as well as potential pitfalls in building effective relationships.

Part III: Q & A’s (optional)


Dixie Jordan, Hassan Samantar, Bonnie Jean Smith, Jesus Villasenor, Dao Xiong. Moderator: Barb Ziemke

Running Time

2 hours


PACER Center has published a series of free brochures and accompanying handouts to help Minnesota school districts tell families of young children about early intervention and early childhood special education services. A grant from the Minnesota Department of Education funded the project. The materials are in Hmong, Spanish, Somali, and Russian. English versions are directed to American Indian and African American parents. More Info

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For project evaluation purposes, PACER may email webinar viewers a brief follow-up survey in 3 to 6 months.

This activity is made possible with funding from a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The source of the funds is a federal award, State Personnel Development Grant.


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