2.0 hours

Every family has a unique culture. But what exactly is culture? This course explores the definitions of culture, values, beliefs, and assumptions. Having a strong understanding of these concepts helps to establish a strong foundation for partnerships with families.

Inclusive Classrooms for Infants and Toddlers


Note: Group does NOT mean that a group of people can take the course at the same time. Each person must complete the course independently in his/her own account. “Group” is a way to register someone other than yourself or to purchase more than one of the same course. See note below on registering a staff member. 

Registering a Staff Member?

If you are purchasing a course for someone other than yourself, click the group button above. After purchase, Go to the Start My Course tab and choose “Manage Group Registration.” You will find the course you purchased there and can add the staff member’s name and email address to create their account and give them immediate access to the course. 


Working with young children – or on behalf of them – has increasingly meant taking into account the effect of caretakers and other family members on the development of the child. Adding families to the mix often calls us to step out of ourselves – our ways of thinking, our ways of doing – to better understand the people we serve. It has become clearer and clearer that when families interact with their children, they bring more to this interaction than their own personal way of doing things.  They bring the weight of their cultural beliefs, values, and behaviors. Building strong relationships with families requires that early care professionals recognize and understand their own beliefs, feelings, assumptions, and reactions – and how they can influence their interactions with families. This course will explore all of these areas and provide strategies for building inclusive partnerships with families.

In this course, we will cover the following topics:

  • Defining Culture
  • Values, Beliefs, and Assumptions
  • Partnerships with Families

Additional information

Approved in the following states:

HI, IN, KY, NC, MI, MN, and OH.