Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity

The Learning Child Team of UNL-Extension is committed to providing research based and culturally responsive information that reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve.

We believe in the importance of promoting quality early learning environments for children that are culturally and developmentally appropriate.  Research suggests adults who engage children in culturally responsive educational experiences help to:

  • Build young children's self confidence and skills
  • Increase children's awareness, appreciation and inclusion of diverse beliefs and cultures
  • Maximize children's academic achievement and educational success

Cultural Diversity & Families

You are your child's first and most important teacher.  From the very beginning of their life they are learning about their culture and the world around them from you and the other family caregivers in the child's life.  Below is a resource for families on how to support young children's social and cultural development!

Culture Matters: Supporting Children's Social and Cultural Development-Families

Cultural Diversity & Education

From the earliest beginnings of a child's life, they are experiencing and learning about their culture and the world around them!

The following are three developmental characteristics of why starting in early childhood to provide culturally responsive and anti-bias education experiences for young children is critical to create a more just and inclusive society for all:

  1. Children as young as 2 1/2  to 3 years old become aware of and begin to take in socially prevailing ideas, feelings and stereotypes about people and about themselves.
  2. A child's interactions with parents, other children, community, the media, and caregivers can inevitably shape their perception and judgement of others.
  3. Young children have the intellectual capacity for undoing any pre-existing unfair perceptions of others as they engage in meaningful, culturally responsive experiences with the primary caregivers in their lives.

Educational Research Feature:  This quarter's educational research feature on culturally responsive education is an article recently published by Dr. Tonia Durden featuring research on how one quality early learning program helped develop children's social and cultural development.

Start with Us! Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Preschool Classroom

Cultural Diversity & Early Childhood Professionals

Culturally Responsive Education draws upon the cultural knowledge, skills and talents children bring with them from their home and community.  Below are resources for early childhood professionals on ways to create a culturally responsive environment for the children and families you serve.

Culture Matters:  Supporting Children's Social and Cultural Development-Professionals

ABCs of Diversity!

Coming Soon!...Online Culture Matters Diversity Training for you and/or your early childhood staff!  Click HERE for more information!