Early Childhood

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

Promising Practices

BRYCS has identified and documented a number of “promising practices” on this topic. Get new ideas, share your promising practice, and read about other refugee-serving programs across the country!

Early Childhood Blog

Arizona Head Start Pilot Project

BRYCS and the NCCLR have developed a broad range of materials and providing technical assistance geared towards refugees, refugee service providers, and Head Start programs. [...]

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