Quality Indicators In Programs For Children From Diverse Cultures

Module 1 in Diversity Series | taught by Judith Colbert, PHD

Course description

Agreeing on an understanding of quality is especially challenging for educators working with children and families with diverse cultural backgrounds. Because of their difficulty defining quality, most researchers decide to focus on characteristics or elements that distinguish high quality from low quality. In this module, you will look first at the context in which programming is being offered, and then focus on ten established professional benchmarks of quality in early care and education to determine whether they continue to signal high quality care in settings serving diverse populations.

Judith Colbert, PHD
Judith Colbert, PHD
Author, Consultant


Judith has been a writer, researcher & training specialist in early childhood education for many decades and an outstanding contributor to EYPDC.  With much sadness, we share the news of Judy's recent and unexpected death. Judy passed away suddenly, courageously and peacefully on March 1st at Guelph General Hospital with loved ones by her side.

As a Canadian consultant with an international perspective, much of her work has centered on young immigrant and refugee settlement, including drafting legislation in Canada and the US and speaking internationally. Judy's goal was to build bridges between research & practice, mainstream & newcomer experiences. She is particularly interested in the development of appropriate standards for the delivery of quality care for newcomer populations & in the relationship between the settlement of young children & their successful transition to kindergarten.

Judy made it known that she did not want her work and impact to disappear, and so we continue to offer her amazing content, in three areas, with respect and gratitude for her continued advocacy.



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