National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR)

The Office of Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) is a partnership between Bank Street College and Education Development Center, Inc. Its mission is to provide the Head Start community with materials and resources that are evidence-based and user-friendly.

Major tasks include:

  • Develop and maintain an extensive electronic catalogue to provide practitioners with cutting-edge and evidence-based resources on cultural and linguistic competence
  • Create research-to-practice materials such as checklists, how-to guides and other electronic and hard copy resources that support early childhood practitioners and TTA providers to offer high quality services to diverse children and families
  • Review and revise existing resources for dual language learners (DLLs) to ensure they appropriately address the needs of DLLs and their families
  • Share information and tools with the field on topics, which include language preservation, supporting English and home language development, engaging families from diverse cultures, and emerging issues around immigrant populations
  • Work closely with Head Start's other National Centers to ensure that the TTA system provides clear and consistent messages of inclusiveness