New Start: Supporting Multilingual Children and Immigrant and Refugee Families



More than 1 in 4 children under age 6 live in households that speak a language other than English. In order to prepare children from birth to school readiness in immigrant and refugee families, a focus on early learning for these children and meaningful engagement of their parents and communities is essential. The trainings will be conducted by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) in partnership with the Multilingual Action Council (MAC) at the Aspire Institute of Wheelock College. The goal of this new training series is to equip providers, stakeholders and other professionals with knowledge on immigration policy as it impacts children and families, cultural competency, and child development and educational principles in the context of multilingual homes and multicultural environments.

Trainings includes the following content areas and discussions:

• Immigrant & Refugee Demographics

• ABC’s of Immigration & Refugee Law and Policy

• Immigration Status & Access to Benefits

• Immigrant Rights to Education (Birth to College)

• Child Development Standards & Measures (QRIS & ASQ)

• Cultural Competency & Family Engagement

• Being a Resource for Families


For Registration and Directions, please visit:

Five (5) full-day sessions will be held throughout the state at a location near you!


Monday, March 18th, 2013 RSVP BY: 3/13/2013

9:00-4:00 MORI Office 7th Floor Conference Room – 600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111


Monday, April 1st, 2013 RSVP BY: 3/27/2013

9:00-4:00 EEC Southeast & Cape – 1 Washington Street, Suite 20, Taunton, MA, 02780


Friday, May 17, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/8/2013

9:30-4:30 Worcester Public Library – 3 Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01609


Friday, May 24th, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/22/2013

9:00-4:00 New American Center – 20 Wheeler Street, #401, Lynn, MA 01902


Monday, June 7th, 2013 RSVP BY: 6/5/2013

9:30-4:30 Holyoke Community College PAFEC – 206 Maple Street Holyoke, MA 01040


All trainings are free of charge, 45 minutes is scheduled for lunch; food will not be provided

If you have any questions about the trainings, contact Samuel Tsoi (ORI) at or 617-988-3484


Funded by the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

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