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September 2013Vol. 14, No. 7Illustrated Handbook for Immigrant Families

The Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) website offers an illustrated handbook for new immigrant and refugee families. Developed by BRYCS and the Office of Head Start's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR), the handbook is designed to provide newly arrived parents with basic information about early childhood development, age appropriate discipline strategies, and the availability of services, support, and family engagement opportunities.

Focused on children between the ages of 0 and 5, the handbook highlights the following six themes:

  • Family well-being
  • Safety and protection
  • Guidance and discipline
  • Healthy brain development
  • Early learning and school readiness
  • Connecting to early care and education

For each topical area, this guide provides useful tips and examples, as well as a list of references and referrals including BRYCS publications, related toolkits, and links to relevant materials by other organizations.

Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development is available on the BRYCS website: (4 MB)