Virtually all refugee parents with children up to age 5 will meet the income-based eligibility requirements for Head Start services when they first arrive in the U.S. Linking newly resettled refugees with local Head Start programs can provide many benefits for both the Head Start program and for refugee families. Advantages in collaboration reported by refugee resettlement agencies include:
Ready access to center-based early childhood development services, enabling refugee parents to go to work more quickly after arrival in the U.S.;
Comprehensive assessments and services for the whole family, including education, nutrition, and health/mental health care; and
Head Start’s active engagement of refugee families as partners in their children’s early learning and development.
Young children have a greater chance of achieving academic success when they have access to the early childhood education and development services provided by Head Start programs. Since Head Start emphasizes responsiveness to the growing culturally and linguistically diverse communities across the country, the benefits of a partnership between refugee resettlement and Head Start agencies are clear.
Early Childhood Resources
The following toolkits pull together articles, resources, and program descriptions in one location on particular topics.
To improve access to Head Start services for newly arrived refugee children and families, BRYCS teamed with the Office of Head Start (OHS) National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR), to promote collaboration between local refugee resettlement and Head Start programs. This toolkit includes a broad range of materials to provide technical assistance geared towards refugees, refugee service providers, and Head Start programs.
In collaboration with Refugee Works, this toolkit is designed to help agencies increase their capacity to serve refugee clients and provide them with a spectrum of child care options. Information is also relevant to program directors to assess if adequate internal processes are operating to sufficiently address child care issues.
Consist of user-friendly resources developed from original research and writing.
The following “Highlighted Resources” are lists of resources on various topics that are chosen by BRYCS staff. Each list includes 15-20 resources that are frequently recommended by BRYCS staff when consulting with service providers and providing technical assistance. Lists are updated regularly.