Benefit Ensure

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Child Care Centers & Multiculturalism Activities

Where Child Care Providing Multiculturalism Activities and Experience
 What are the things you are doing to put respect first in order to be clear that all people can and should be represented in children’s services?

It is important to think about what we mean by ‘culture’ because it is the main part of ‘multiculturalism’. So,
Multiculturalism means that there are many different kinds of cultures in our society. A very broad definition of culture is that it refers to the things we do to exchange our identities. It is a process, a lived experience and an ongoing practice. Culture is created by individuals and groups and is passed on in some form from generation to generation.
A multicultural society is one where a variety of different cultural groups co-exist harmoniously free. To maintain their distinctive religious, linguistic or social customs, equal as individuals in their access to
Resources and services appropriate to them and their needs, to civil and political rights, and sharing with the rest of society particular concerns and values.  There would be diversity, equality, empathy of interaction to person to person for building better cultural communities
Cultural practices are created in order for people to identify with each other or to differentiate from, Beliefs, values, attitudes and social structures. These might include: thinking, talking, acting, and access to resources beliefs, faith, practices, customs, way to live, art, sport, language, food and eating, geographical region, education.

Socioeconomic status, laws, class, country of birth, family structure, sexuality, languages spoken, popular culture it is important to recognize that providing multicultural activities and experiences is not a choice, but a right.

North America  is made up of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds it is each person’s right to have their culture represented, accepted and celebrated in the way that they choose (subject to laws and lore). Even though recent changes to Government policy have been to the detriment of multiculturalism, the rights of people to belong are not negotiable. Therefore, we are responsible to act upon these rights in our everyday work with children and families.
Every game that you play is cultural and value leading; every activity or experience that you provide is cultural and value. And every decision you make is cultural value; once we begin to recognize the politics of what we do.

Every day we can begin to see how everyday living in children’s services is a multicultural experience. This means that we have to be conscious day by day about how we include, represent, values, respect and celebrate culture on a daily basis in order to avoid perpetuating racism, sexism, homophobiaclassism and language discrimination. That’s why we need to focus on equity in our everyday practice in order to work towards rights in the lives of children, their families of the communities in which we work.
 The nature of this work is ongoing. The multicultural child care practice demands from child care organizations an ability to establish and live a culture of core values, with mutual respect for each child and family’s heritage.

We have the information from

The American population is changing. The 2000 Census when compared to the
1990 Census showed that the African American population grew by 15.6%, the Native
American and Alaska Native population grew by 26.4%, the Asian population grew by 
48.3, the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population grew by 9.3%, and the
Hispanic or Latino population grew by 57.9% according to US Census (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001).   As the overall demographics change so are the demographics of children in early childhood education programs.   
There are over twenty million children between the ages 0 to 4 in the United
States and almost 120,000 child care facilities Child Care Aware  (NACCRA, 2009).
 This child care

Facilities are regulated by the state government.   Therefore, the training requirements
Depend on the state in which the center resides.
 There is no national regulating body that has the power to implement national requirements. However, the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
provides a national accreditation program for child care centers. Their accreditation process sets a standard for all the programs in their accreditation system.  Several of the standards for accreditation require culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse teaching materials and methods or Multicultural Education (NAEYC, 2008).