CAA Head Start - Communities of Practice

May 18, 2015 - CAA’s Head Start program has been selected by the Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, to be part of an initiative to support school readiness and the success of African American male preschoolers. The initiative is called Communities of Practice and aims to train staff across the grantee in creating culturally responsive learning environments that are conducive to social and academic achievement of young African American boys.

Research shows that African American male students, even in preschool, are generally perceived by educators as problematic, which sets up unnecessary barriers to their success at a very young age. By addressing ingrained biases and stereotypes, and building on strengths rather than chipping away at preconceived weaknesses, educators can help African American preschoolers develop important skills, knowledge, attitudes and behavior to succeed in preschool and far beyond.