Culturally Competent Practices

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
Identifies, develops and disseminates evidence-based best practices associated with the development of young children and the strengthening of families and communities. The Center creates culturally and linguistically relevant training and tools for implementing comprehensive, systemic, and integrated approaches to parent, family and community engagement in Head Start and Early Head Start.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Quality Benchmark for Cultural Competence Project (QBCCP) is an effort by NAEYC to determine the essential elements of cultural competence for early childhood programs and how to integrate these elements within quality rating and improvement systems standards. This work led to the creation of a new tool to serve as a guide to early childhood programs as they respond to the needs of diverse children and families. The tool further explains the project and the criteria that have been developed, as well as ideas for implementation and measurement.

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
In collaboration with many colleagues representing diverse cultural and linguistic roots the CLAS Early Childhood Research Institute collects and describes early childhood/early intervention resources that have been developed across the U.S. for children with disabilities and their families and the service providers who work with them. The materials and resources available on this site reflect the intersection of culture and language, disabilities and child development.

Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Behavioral Health Services to Children, Youth, and Their Families
This checklist was developed by Tawara D. Goode, with Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, and can be found at:

Active Communication

Listening to Families: A Videotape Series Child Development Media.


The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
Mobilizing Family Strengths Resources


American Psychological Association
Psychology Help Center- Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers

Beardslee, W., Avery, M.W., Ayoub, C., Watts, C., & Lester, P. (2010). Practical tips and Tools, Building Resilience: The power to cope with adversity. Zero to Three.

Protective Factor Survey
This is a self-administered survey, developed by the FRIENDS National Resource Center in collaboration with the University of Kansas Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, which measures protective factors in five areas: family functioning/resiliency, social support, concrete support, nurturing and attachment, and knowledge of parenting/child development.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Resilience and stress management resource collection

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This product was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM082070-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.