Early childhood education for refugee families

Preparing young refugees for kindergarten boosts social and economic opportunity.

Studies show that early learning is critical to the long-term development and academic success of children. Unfortunately, language and cultural barriers make it difficult for many refugees to access quality education programs. This means that young refugees are unprepared for kindergarten – especially when it comes to speaking English.

The Hands Connected Multicultural Center and Provider Network increases kindergarten readiness in the refugee community by providing quality early learning opportunities in a multicultural, multilingual environment. Youngsters who participate will enter kindergarten on a more even playing field with their American-born peers.

Hands Connected also operates as a professional development support hub for a network of refugee home-based childcare providers. Our goal is two-fold:

  • To increase access to culturally and linguistically appropriate childcare.
  • To empower adult refugees to become licensed childcare providers.
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Our Model

We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for early learning. Center-based care is not for every family. Our Hub-and-Spoke Model allows us to provide direct care at our location while simultaneously supporting a growing network of refugee men and women who operate their own home-based childcare businesses.

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Our Partners

The Hands Connected Multicultural Center and Provider Network is a partnership between the Refugee Education Center and:

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany supports a network of home-based refugee childcare providers with services including the recruitment and training of new providers. The non-profit social service agency also works closely with the Early Learning Center Director to coordinate trainings and professional development opportunities.

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

ELNC provides technical assistance, including professional development opportunities and coaching, to the Early Learning Center and home-based childcare providers.

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Bethany Christian Services

Bethany supports a network of home-based refugee childcare providers with services including the recruitment and training of new providers. The non-profit social service agency also works closely with the Early Learning Center Director to coordinate trainings and professional development opportunities.

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Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

ELNC provides technical assistance, including professional development opportunities and coaching, to the Early Learning Center and home-based childcare providers.

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