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Building relationships with families is one of the most important things we can do to support the best outcomes for children and families. Understanding families’ cultures — and our own — is essential to building respectful partnerships with families. This is especially true during challenging times for families and communities.

This four-part workshop  series focuses on building and nurturing culturally responsive relationships with families. Participants learn strategies for partnering with families during their time in the program — from recruitment through to the child’s transition out of the program. We draw on foundational concepts from the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement.

This series is designed for all professionals who work with families of young children in early childhood programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and other child care settings.

Each workshop is 90 minutes and includes time for questions and reflection. All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available!


Workshop 1:
Building Culturally Responsive Relationships Right From the Very Start

As we get to know families during outreach, recruitment, and enrollment, we have opportunities to learn about their cultures — and our own. Our cultures affect our beliefs, values, perspectives, and decision-making. We need to know what is important to families and what they want for their children and themselves. Understanding cultures is an important step toward building respectful relationships with families.

In this session, participants:

  • Learn key terms and concepts about culture and cultural responsiveness
  • Reflect on their own cultural identity and explore strategies to set biases aside
  • Practice culturally responsive strategies for engaging with families during outreach, recruitment, and enrollment
  • Learn about resources that can deepen knowledge about culture and cultural responsiveness


Workshop 2:
Nurturing Culturally Responsive Relationships

Building relationships that are culturally responsive is essential to engaging families. Understanding a family’s cultures takes curiosity, humility, and a commitment and willingness to learn from our mistakes. Staff can use strengths-based strategies and reflective tools to communicate with families in ways that are culturally responsive and respectful.

In this session, participants:

  • Explore concepts and practice skills for building culturally responsive relationships
  • Examine strategies for having challenging conversations and repairing relationships with families
  • Explore the use of reflective practice and reflective supervision as tools to deepen culturally responsive practice
  • Discover resources for skills, knowledge, and practices for nurturing culturally responsive relationships


Workshop 3:
Partnering with Families in Culturally Responsive Ways During Challenging Times

Culturally responsive relationships affirm all families’ strengths, cultures, and commitment to their child’s learning and well-being. These relationships are especially important for families who are experiencing challenges to their well-being. When we are culturally responsive, families see our programs and community partners as a source of support. Staff can partner with parents in culturally respectful ways to address concerns related to housing, health, mental health, finances, or family and child safety.

In this session, participants:

  • Learn strategies for engaging in conversations about sensitive topics related to housing, finances, health, mental health, or child and family safety
  • Explore tools such as reflective practice and reflective supervision to support relationship-building with families experiencing challenges
  • Review ways to advocate for and support families by strengthening community partnerships
  • Learn about resources to support families in difficult times


Workshop 4:
Using Culturally Responsive Practices During Transitions

Each family experiences transitions in their own way. These experiences are shaped by their cultures, traditions, past, and expectations. Families may see transitions — to and from early childhood programs — as both an opportunity and a challenge. Through culturally responsive relationships, staff can strengthen child and family outcomes before, during, and after a child’s transition.

In this session, participants:

  • Reflect on families’ experiences and cultural perspectives about the transition process
  • Learn strategies that support cultural responsiveness during the transition process
  • Review steps programs can take to strengthen their relationships with community partners to best serve families with their transition into and out of the program
  • Explore resources to facilitate a smooth transition for all families


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