Program Models That Support Children From Diverse Cultures

Module 2 in Diversity Series | taught by Judith Colbert, PHD

Course description

Achieving quality for children does not depend on the type or nature of the administrative structures that support programming. Quality can be achieved within a wide variety of program models, including models that support programming for children only or for children and parents together. In this module, you will have an opportunity to think about program models and consider how their differences allow them to meet the varied needs of children and families from diverse cultures, and how those differences influence professional practice. In this module, the focus shifts from individual children and families to program models that best meet the needs of children alone, or children and their parents together. Three types of models are considered.

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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