This series of resources provide general cultural information on various refugee and cultural groups new to the United States. It is always best to get to know each family and learn their individual characteristics, as every family is unique and cultural practices vary by household and by generation. These resources provide basic information to help staff begin discussions with families and communities.
This resource explains who a refugee is, where refugees come from, how long it takes to screen and vet a refugee, if refugees can legally work in the U.S., and many other commonly asked questions about refugees in the United States.
Creating an environment of safety and security is crucial for inclusion of refugee students in the classroom. This article focuses on how teachers can support refugee students by respecting their experiences, offering routines and communication, and showing compassion.
Learn how educators of refugees can support students’ social-emotional health, academic instruction, and acclimation to a new life in the U.S. This article also offers strategies for smoothing the transition for both refugees and mainstream students and supporting students through the COVID-19 pandemic.
This issue brief provides an overview of the experiences of young children of immigrant and refugee families in the U.S. Opportunities for early childhood programs to expand access including integrating trauma-informed strategies, ensuring home-visiting programs are equipped to serve diverse families, and encouraging collaboration and referral among agencies are described.
This handbook and associated tip sheets provide families with information on six themes: family well-being, health and safety, healthy brain development, early learning and school readiness, guidance and discipline, and family engagement in early care and education. Programs serving refugee families, newly arrived immigrant families, and others may use these resources with parents to help ease their transition to a new country. Also available in Arabic.
Source: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
This website describes and provides links for many Illinois programs for refugee families including the Illinois Welcoming Center (IWC), the New Americans Initiative (NAI), and the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP).
Learn more from Dr. Robyn Hess (University of Northern Colorado) about the importance of strengths-based approaches in working with refugees, the impacts of displacement and trauma on children, and the unique factors that affect outreach to refugees in rural communities.
Young children and their families can be tremendously affected by trauma, with significant implications for well-being well into the future. This page offers resources for families and caregivers working with very young children who have experienced trauma as well as connection to specialized mental health professionals who understand the needs of very young children.
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
This Young Children article provides early childhood educators with strategies to support refugee children and their families in their classrooms including creating play experiences that do not require English, familiarizing families with classrooms, and connecting with related community cultural groups.
Source: Teaching Refugees with Limited Formal Schooling
The Toolkit is a collection of resources that supports the practical implementation of the ideas for supporting young learners and their families. The resources include links to teaching guides and materials and to parent resources, some of which have been translated into other languages. There are also downloadable PDF documents with samples of practice.
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