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April 2000Vol. 1, No. 2Preschool Resource for Hispanic Families

Parent educators and others who work with families have a new resource for Latino families with young children. Project Family, which provides services for low-income, predominantly Latino families with young children, has created a group of songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for parents, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers enrolled in their Developmental Playgroups.

One of the playgroup educators, Nancy Newman, has translated traditional American songs, rhymes, and fingerplays into Spanish and translated several popular Latin American folk songs for children into English. She also has written the lyrics for a song set to the tune of "The Bear Went Over the Mountain," entitled "Dinosaurios/Dinosaurs." The songs not only are fun, but also expose families and young children to American culture. They are organized into the following sections:

  • playgroup rituals (circle time and transition songs)
  • birds, beasts, bugs (e.g., "Eentsy-Weentsy Spider")
  • Feelings (e.g., "If you're happy and you know it")
  • Buses, boats, and alphabets (e.g., "The Wheels on the Bus")
  • Fingerplays

A selection of the Developmental Playgroup's favorite songs, rhymes, and fingerplays is available through the website of Zero to Three at

Project Family is a member of Zero to Three (, a national, non-profit organization located in Washington, DC, dedicated to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children.