What do high quality caregivers, teachers and administrators need to know?

Pathways Core Knowledge Areas are distinct categories of study that prepare early childhood professionals to facilitate children’s learning and development.  For each Core Knowledge Area, there are competencies defining a progressive attainment of understanding, knowledge and skills  As early childhood professionals advance in their careers, the content (competency objective) of the training will become more advanced based on what the professional needs to know at his/her level of experience.Alabama Pathway has adopted eight (8) Core Knowledge Areas with related basic, intermediate and advanced competencies.

Core Knowledge Area:

Diversity: Understand and value diversity in society; know how to encourage family involvement in early multicultural learning; know how to support anti-bias curriculum in early childhood programs; know how to develop effective methods for working with families of varied cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds

Rationale: Early learning and development occurs within a cultural context and through social contexts, as in families and communities. The cultural perspectives of children, families and staff vary widely on such issues as gender identity and roles, discipline and self-regulation, family composition and family member roles, and communication styles. High quality learning environments for young children reflect each child’s unique family, culture, and values and diversity among children, families and staff are respected and supported.


DIV-1 Demonstrates a developing awareness of the term diversity by identifying   differences in culture, language, gender, and race.

 DIV-2  Demonstrates a developing awareness of families and communities by acceptance of the cultural and individual diversity of each child.

DIV-3    Demonstrates a developing awareness that all staff, children and families are individuals who comes from diverse backgrounds and have their own beliefs and values that should be respected.


 DIV-4  Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and culture awareness by the use of materials, literature and experiences in all areas of the curriculum reflective of the children’s culture and community.

DIV-5 Demonstrates knowledge of cultural and individual diversity topics and issues including class, age, ethnicity, race, gender, disabilities and religious practices by planning programs that are culturally and individually diverse and reflective of families enrolled in the program.

DIV-6  Demonstrates knowledge of working with parents by accepting various cultural differences and understanding how they influence child-rearing practices.

DIV-7   Demonstrates knowledge of the criteria for judging a curriculum’s sensitivity to diversity by using techniques to evaluate the curriculum.


DIV-8    Demonstrates acceptance and encouragement of diversity by ensuring all materials, literature, and experiences in the early childhood environment and curriculum are reflective of the cultures and values of the children, families and community.

 DIV-9    Demonstrates knowledge and consideration of children’s individual characteristics and their family culture by incorporating information about themselves and their culture into developmentally appropriate curriculum, encouraging self-pride rather than superiority, and an ease and regard for human differences.

 DIV-10   Demonstrates the ability to implement practices that promote the inclusion of and the engagement of all children and families.


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