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. 

January 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What culture is—and isn’t.

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    Highlights of studies that view culture from the caregiver’s perspective.

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    The difference between individualistic and interdependent cultures.

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    The impact of culture on parenting goals and language development.

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    How ethnicity and class influence cognitive development.

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

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