Cultural Awareness Tools

The Cultural Awareness, Respect, and Engagement (C.A.R.E.) Toolkit was developed to assist home visitors to engage and serve diverse populations and improve practice in cross cultural settings. Toolkit materials demonstrate the importance of understanding culture and its impact on practice. Materials were developed in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting and Project LAUNCH programs and the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research (KU-CPPR).

This multimedia Toolkit features a variety of resources. The first section, Webcasts, contains eight modules ranging from introductory overviews to detailed explanations of different cultural concepts. The Working with Specific Populations section allows you to click to view interactive webpages featuring resources for specific cultures. The Resources section provides links to additional resources to assist you in serving diverse populations everywhere.


Working with Specific Populations

Burmese and ethnic subgroups



Nepali-speaking Bhutanese


Additional Resources

Working with Refugees

Best Practices for Welcoming Refugees (Rachel Pollock, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas)

Bridging Refugee Youth (BRYCS)

CARE Summit Video

Cultural Orientation Resource Center

Home Visitors Presentation (Ljiljana Kresovic, Refugee Coordinator for the Kansas Department of Children and Families)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)


Cultural Competence Checklist: A Personal Reflection Tool

Growing the Heartland: How Immigrants Offset Population Decline and an Aging Workforce in Midwest Metropolitan Areas

Growing Your Capacity to Engage Diverse Communities

How Do I Become Culturally Competent?

How to Communicate with a Non-Native English Speaker

Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook

Strategies for Success in Local Early Childhood Parent Outreach Activities Among Diverse Cultures

Talking Points: Head Start and Refugee Provider Communication Guide

The Changing Face of the United States: The Influence of Culture on Early Child Development