Program Profile: Children’s Village Child Care Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
At Children’s Village Child Care Center in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, open communication transcends the challenges posed by language and cultural differences.
Family Engagement Program Practices
Family Participation in Decision Making
Two-Way Communication and a Comprehensive Program-Level System
What do these policies look like in practice?
Families who speak languages other than Chinese feel welcome too.
Head Start families receive two required home visits per year by the teacher, but home visits are also offered to all families in the program. This shows that families feel connected to teachers. Home visit guidelines include conversation prompts that inspire a level of exchange to raise staff awareness of family history, values, and strengths. Prompts may include questions about the immigration experience—perhaps acknowledging that a child may have spent significant time in China, away from her parents, while they established themselves in the United States. Questions might include
Learning Activities at Home and in the Community
While many parents are eager for their children to become fluent in English, they are strongly encouraged to use their native home language in daily conversation and when they read books aloud. An on-staff librarian holds a literacy workshop to coach parents on how to read stories with children in their home language. Children’s Village supports these literacy efforts through a lending library of nearly 3,000 titles of high-quality children’s literature in English and Chinese, with some selections in other languages.
Developed for NAEYC's Engaging Diverse Families Project through a generous grant from the Picower Foundation.