ACF's Office of Head Start Features Resources for Refugee Families

BRYCS Handbook

The Office of Head Start (OHS), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), offers the following important resources for refugee families on its website:

  • Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development, which focuses on refugee families and the parenting of children from the prenatal period through age 5.  Throughout this handbook you will find easy-to-follow illustrations that provide families with information about: healthy development; early learning and school readiness; and family engagement in early care. (Note: Spanish and Arabic translations are expected to be completed during September 2013). 
  • Head Start and Refugee Provider Communication Guide, offering useful early childhood resources that are part of a larger Refugee Resettlement-Head Start Collaboration Toolkit developed to promote partnerships between refugee resettlement and Head Start programs.

Be sure to check out these and additional resources from the OHS collaboration with BRYCS (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services), along with many other materials to support refugees and early childhood development.