The purpose of this project is to support early education professionals to be knowledgeable of the strengths and needs of New Americans through trainings, and to inform refugee and immigrant communities about early childhood development, early education services and professional development opportunities.  It also seeks to enhance language access in the early education system and better understand dual language learners.

The EEC-ORI Partnership, part of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, seeks to raise the awareness among the early education workforce and stakeholders on the needs and strengths of refugee and immigrant communities through trainings across the state on immigration, family engagement and cultural competency.

This initiative also collaborates with community-based organizations and ethnic media outlets to inform refugee and immigrant communities on the principles of early education, ways to connect existing refugee and immigrant providers to workforce development opportunities and empowering caretakers to become licensed Family Child Care providers. Lastly, this initiative supports EEC’s language access plans and research on the best practices and strategies relating to educating dual language learners.

Free one-day trainings are underway across the state, targeting early education professionals and refugee and immigrant service providers.

This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.