Child Development and Health

  1. Attachment Across Cultures (Multilingual Resources). St. Joseph's Women's Health Centre (WHC),Parkdale Parents' Primary Prevention Project (PPPPP) page s . 1999. Chinese English French Somali Spanish Tamil Urdu Vietnamese .

    This collection of multilingual resources includes topics such as attachment, early love, breast engorgement, comfort measures during labor, newborn babies needs, and more.

  2. Call for Inclusion: Hiil Naafo (A Guide to Developmental Milestones, Red Flags, Early Intervention and Inclusion of Children with Special Needs). Center for Inclusive Child Care page s . 2007. English Somali .

    A DVD in Somali that covers developmental milestones, typical child development by ages and stages (0-5 years), red flags, information about early intervention services, and more.  This DVD is appropriate for anyone concerned about the high levels of autism in the Somali community.  

  3. Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL) (Web site). The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning . n.d.. English Spanish .

    CSEFEL is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence based practices to Head Start and child care programs across the country. Information and resources on the Web site are designed to build capacity of teachers and parents in supporting the healthy social and emotional development and competence, addressing challenging behavior and school readiness of young children aged birth to five. Parents and provides will find extensive, user-friendly training materials, video, print resources and information packets on a variety of learning practices.

  4. Emergency and Community Health Outreach. Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO) page s . 2004. English Hmong Khmer Lao Somali Spanish Vietnamese .

    ECHO is a collaborative Web site providing health and safety information during emergency and non-emergency times to people with limited English language skills. BRYCS audiences may be interested in topics covered such as: Back to School Immunizations, Calling 9-1-1 in an Emergency, Child Safety Seats, Early Childhood Screening, Lead Poisoning, Mental Health Help, How to Talk to Kids About Crisis, and more. Each topic is covered in video format and is available in multiple languages. Click the language of your choice at the top of the Web page and the whole page (including the videos) will be in the language selected.

  5. Healthy Start, Grow Smart Health Education Series. U.S. Department of Agriculture,U.S. Department of Education,U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) page s . English Spanish .

    The "Healthy Start, Grow Smart," health education series is intended to improve early childhood education for America's youngest children by providing easily understood information to parents and caregivers about best practices in early childhood development. "Healthy Smart, Grow Smart" offers 13 issues, one for the newborn and one for each of the first 12 months of the new infant's life.  These booklets have been developed by health experts to provide valuable age-appropriate information about health, safety, nutritional needs and early cognitive development. This is a tool you can provide to assist parents in raising healthy children.

  6. Multilingual Healthcare Resources for Your Baby. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota page s . 2011. English Hmong Russian Somali Spanish .

    Includes helpful articles on Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play; Chickenpox' Breastfeeding: Weaning; Choking Infant, Constipation, Cradle Cap, Croup, Fever, Medicine Safety, Asthma, Vomiting and more.

  7. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities page s . n.d.. English Hmong Somali Spanish .

    This organization serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.  This Web site provides easy-to-read information on IDEA (the law authorizing early intervention services and special education), state resource sheets that can connect families with the disability agencies and organizations in their state, information on working with culturally and linguistically diverse families, and more.

  8. Occupational Knowledge International (Web site). Occupational Knowledge International page s . n.d.. Bosnian Chinese English Farsi French Russian Spanish Urdu Vietnamese .

    This Web site is dedicated to early identification and intervention of environmental and occupational exposures to hazardous materials in order to protect public health and the environment. The site has various multilingual fact sheets for parents on lead hazards and strategies for identifying lead poisoning and treatment.

  9. PACER Center (Web site). PACER Center page s . n.d.. English Hmong Russian Somali Spanish .

    This Web site provides resources and publications to support parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs. Information is aimed at helping parents to make decisions about education and services for their child.  Multilingual resources include brochures and hand-outs focusing on intervention and early childhood special education services, working with families from diverse cultures and languages, parent to parent support on various topics, child development and behavior support.

  10. Parent Outreach Publications (Brochures and Handouts). PACER Center page s . 2008. English Hmong Russian Somali Spanish .

    Advises parents of young children to contact the PACER Center and their school districts to learn about districts' early childhood intervention and special education services. These services can help parents better understand their children and identify how to best meet individual children's needs. Services can also identify if a child has special needs, which parents should determine as soon as possible because early intervention will allow for the child to be better helped and more ready to learn upon entering kindergarten. Schools will provide service coordinators to individually plan with parents of special needs children for the support services and therapies their children will need, offer tips on how to help their children develop skills at home, and help locate effective community resources and services outside school systems. Lists benchmarks of typical developmental milestones and encourages parents to monitor their child's early development and to seek help immediately if concerns arise. Consultations are free and parents have final decision-making power in application and use of all services.

  11. Parenting A-Z. Minnesota Department of Education page s . n.d.. English Hmong Somali Spanish This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This Web site provides easy to understand information on dozens of topics related to parenting.  Each topic includes the information in print and audio formats.  Most topics are available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. 

  12. Questions About Kids. University of Minnesota page s . English Hmong Somali Spanish .

    This resource tackles common issues of concern to parents and professionals. Each issue addresses one question about young children, and it is designed for distribution at places where caregivers gather. Q & A's cover topics such as: How can parents and caregivers support a baby's healthy development? How can trauma affect my young child? Is it okay to leave her home alone? What's the difference between discipline and punishment? 

  13. Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) , Office of Head Start’s National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) 48 page s . 2013. Arabic English Nepali Somali Spanish .

    BRYCS and the Office of Head Start's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) have partnered to create "Raising Children in a New Country:  Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development,"  an illustrated handbook for newcomer families parenting young children!  Building on the original BRYCS publication, "Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook," this new handbook addresses the following themes:  Family Well-Being, Safety and Protection, Guidance and Discipline, Healthy Brain Development, Early Learning and School Readiness, and Connecting to Early Care and Education.

    Also see Ways to Use Raising Young Children in a New Country Handbook. It is designed to support Head Start and Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), Refugee Resettlement staff, and other early care and education providers in using and applying concepts from the Handbook. 

    Handbook Tip Sheets are also available and correspond to the themes in the Handbook and include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each theme.

  14. Safety for Babies and Children. La Rue, Charles (ed.) 128 page s . 1997. Arabic Bosnian English Hmong Lao Nuer Russian Somali Spanish Vietnamese .

    This is an instructional booklet about safety for babies and children.

  15. The Baby Friendly Initiative. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) page s . 2004. Arabic Bengali Chinese English French Gujarati Hindi Italian Japanese Polish Portuguese Punjabi Russian Somali Spanish Tamil Turkish Urdu .

    The Baby Friendly Initiative is a worldwide programme of the World Health Organization and UNICEF.  The initiative works with the health-care system to ensure a high standard of care in relation to infant feeding for pregnant women and mothers and babies.  The Web site includes many resources in other languages on breastfeeding, sharing a bed with your baby, and more. 

  16. The Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , The Council for Exceptional Children , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee page s . n.d.. Amharic Cambodian Chinese English Farsi Hungarian Khmer Korean Lao Polish Russian Spanish Vietnamese .

    A federally-funded collaborative effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Council for Exceptional Children, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. The Web site includes brochures, handbooks and materials for families, medical professionals and childcare workers which are designed to be sensitive and respectful of families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. For example, vision, hearing and developmental pre-screening charts are available in multiple languages.

  17. The National Center on Health and Mental Health (Web site). National Center on Health and Mental Health page s . n.d.. English .

    This Web site showcases research-based practices to ensure the health and mental wellness of Head Start staff, children, and families. The Center creates high-quality information to help every Head Start and Early Head Start program implement effective approaches to medical and dental care access, health awareness, obesity prevention in young children, emergency preparedness, and environmental safety. The Center will also inform the Head Start community of current OHS priorities, policies, and expectations to ensure healthy outcomes for children and families.

  18. Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrants. Suarez-Orozco, Carola , Abo-Zena, Mona M. , Marks, Amy K. 368 page s . October 2015. English .

    This book offers comprehensive coverage of the field's best scholarship on the development of immigrant children, providing an overview of what the field needs to know—or at least systematically begin to ask—about the immigrant child and adolescent from a developmental perspective. The book takes an interdisciplinary perspective to consider how personal, social, and structural factors interact to determine a variety of trajectories of development. (Description from source)

  19. Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrants. Suárez-Orozco, Carola , Abo-Zena, Mona M. 352 page s . 2015. English .

    This book takes an interdisciplinary perspective to consider how personal, social, and structural factors interact to determine a variety of trajectories of development.

  20. Translated Tip Sheets. Toronto Early Childhood Translation Committee page s . 2002. Arabic English French Korean Portuguese Somali Spanish Tagalog Tamil Urdu Vietnamese .

    These translated tip sheets include topics such as toilet training, brushing teeth, bedtime, mealtime, getting dressed, snack time, washing hands, and tying shoelaces. There are also a number of tip sheets related to communication, attention span, social skills, etc.


  21. ZERO TO THREE (Web site). ZERO TO THREE page s . n.d.. English Spanish .

    ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their Web site offers information on early care and education, child care, school readiness, child development and more. Their Web site also has pod casts, newsletters, articles and tip sheets.