The Changing Face of the United States

The Influence of Culture on Early Child Development

Posted January 1, 2008
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The nonprofit ZERO TO THREE scoured the scientific literature—and summarized the findings of 41 related research studies—in this resource-packed report about culture’s impact on parenting and early child development. The goal? Give child welfare workers the framework and facts necessary to adopt culturally-sensitive practices that will better serve all of America’s families. 

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Crash course on culture

Many of America’s immigrant and minority families are first exposed to mainstream culture through early childhood services. As a result, child welfare workers must adopt culturally-sensitive practices that place due importance on how a family’s experiences and back story can impact parenting decisions and goals.