Settling Young Newcomers: Supporting Individual Children And Families

Module 5 in Newcomer Series | taught by Judith Colbert, PHD

Course description

Complexity is a major challenge in settings where educators are expected to meet the needs of newcomer children and families. Although the needs of children are of first importance, educators in such settings must consider needs experienced, not only by the children, but also by parents and staff, including other educators. In this module you will be asked to think about programs in action. It will give you an idea of how individuals participate in the settlement process and the types of needs that educators must address.

Judith Colbert, PHD
Judith Colbert, PHD
Author, Consultant


Judith has been a writer, researcher & training specialist in early childhood education for many decades and an outstanding contributor to EYPDC.  With much sadness, we share the news of Judy's recent and unexpected death. Judy passed away suddenly, courageously and peacefully on March 1st at Guelph General Hospital with loved ones by her side.

As a Canadian consultant with an international perspective, much of her work has centered on young immigrant and refugee settlement, including drafting legislation in Canada and the US and speaking internationally. Judy's goal was to build bridges between research & practice, mainstream & newcomer experiences. She is particularly interested in the development of appropriate standards for the delivery of quality care for newcomer populations & in the relationship between the settlement of young children & their successful transition to kindergarten.

Judy made it known that she did not want her work and impact to disappear, and so we continue to offer her amazing content, in three areas, with respect and gratitude for her continued advocacy.



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Welcoming Newcomer Children

Child Health Across Cultures

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