The Changing Face of the United States

The Influence of Culture on Early Child Development


January 1, 2008


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. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

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.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations