• Refugees: The Modern Context provides background on migration, “the most urgent concern of our time.”
  • Essential information for caregivers and others who work with refugee children and families.
  • Click on REFUGEES tab to find out more.


  • In February, Judith presented at the very successful Welcoming Children Conference sponsored by Best Start in Ottawa. The conference featured her work and included an evening keynote, plus a full day of presentations based on her book Welcoming Newcomer Children. All participants received a complimentary copy of the book. Proceeds from the sales of her other books, including the new refugee book, were donated to Refugee:613.


  • An Exciting Training Opportunity! E-Modules based on Welcoming Newcomer Children are available NOW!
  • Click on the E-LEARNING ORDER tab to find out more.


  • In June 2015, Judith presented “Frameworks for Understanding and Communicating about Health across Cultural Boundaries” at the North American Refugee Health Conference in Toronto, sponsored by the University of Toronto. The presentation was based on her book about child health.
  • The complete title of Judith’s book is Child Health Across Cultures: The Health, Well-Being and Special Needs of Children with Diverse Backgrounds. For purchase information, click on the BOOKS ORDER tab.
  • Explores ideas about health and wellness from around the world – including relationships between health and migration and ideas from indigenous cultures
  • Follows up and extends the conversation started in Welcoming Newcomer Children

Other News…

Who Will Be Interested?   

  • If you have young immigrant and refugee children in your early child care program or classroom,
  • If you are responsible for services for young children and their families,
  • If you have a special interest in the health and well-being of diverse populations,
  • If you want a better understanding of the settlement process,

 Judith‘s books, e-learning and presentations will be of interest to you:



Welcoming Newcomer Children - Judith A. Colbert



“Deeper understanding of beliefs and practices … helps build bridges between mainstream and newcomer cultures that support the settlement process.


Read More about Welcoming Newcomer Children

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Check out the NEW BOOK! …




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Welcoming Newcomer Children

How do you define settlement? What is culture? Why do they matter?

Do young children have distinctive settlement needs?

Is settlement related to school readiness?

Do YOU transmit culture?


Welcoming Newcomer Children explores answers to these and other questions related to the settlement of young immigrants and refugees.


Welcoming Newcomer Children

  • Offers a new perspective on child settlement.
  • Draws on international research in various fields.
  • Examines values & beliefs from a Non-Western point of view.
  • Questions accepted practices, priorities & standards.
  • Suggests new strategies for working with children from birth through kindergarten.

Welcoming Newcomer Children is comprehensive…

  • Invites reader reflection with Something to Think About.
  • Supports teachers with v Implications for Practice.
  • Analyses 10 Mainstream Benchmarks of Quality.
  • Proposes 10 Steps to Quality for Newcomers.
  • Is fully referenced with a Bibliography & Index.


“For teachers, the aim is … professional practices that sustain program quality and… help newcomer children achieve their settlement goals.”


Welcoming Newcomer Children

  • Presents new ideas and draws on the wisdom of many thinkers and researchers. Here is a sample…

“Human development is a cultural process… people develop as participants in cultural communities. Their development can be understood only in light of the cultural practices and circumstances of their communities – which also change.” Barbara Rogoff

“Coming out of transition and making a new beginning: This is when people develop the new identity, experience the new energy, and discover the new sense of purpose that makes change begin to work.” William Bridges

“Children are likely taught to play in different ways by their mother and in ways valued by the culture in which the mother was reared.” Linda Cote & Marc Bornstein

  • For more thoughts from authors cited in Welcoming Newcomer Children, download WORDS OF WISDOM

Press Release for Welcoming Newcomer Children

The Author

Judith A. Colbert - author of Welcoming Newcomer Children

JUDITH A. Colbert, PhD, is a writer, researcher & training specialist. As a Canadian consultant with an international perspective, her goal is to build bridges between research & practice, mainstream & newcomer experiences.

Much of her work focuses on care for young immigrants & refugees. 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.


As a consultant to CMAS, an organization that supports child care for newcomer children whose parents are receiving language and settlement services from service provider organizations (SPOs) funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Judith has provided leadership as…

  • Lead developer of the new Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) program and principal author of its operating standards, the Care for Newcomer Children Requirements (CNCR), now available across Canada (except in Quebec). Note: CNC replaces CIC’s earlier child care support programs.
  • Principal author of the National LINC Childminding Requirements (NLCR), which set out criteria for the provision of centre-based care for newcomers in seven provinces across Canada.
  • Developer of an innovative, flexible model of occasional child care (OCC) that provides for the delivery of short-term care, including mobile care, in a number of settings while parents are attending workshops or receiving other services.
  • Principal author of Occasional child Care Requirements (OCCR) as well as an OCC operations manual & handbooks to guide program delivery.


Judith’s services are varied…

  • As a trainer & workshop leader, Judith crosses national boundaries, with e-learning and making presentations at conferences throughout Canada & the United States … see more.
  • As a researcher & writer, Judith provides clients with training programs, reports & policy documents & has written numerous articles for early childhood professionals on a variety of child care topics… see more.

” …we have to reach an understanding of what ‘settlement’ means – as a process, as an area for study and measurement for researchers and policy makers, and as a personal experience for newcomers.”


Attention … Conference Organizers, Training Coordinators…


Judith offers a variety of services as a speaker, writer and researcher. 

Depending on your needs, Judith will develop a presentation or keynote for you, or will adapt an existing presentation to your situation and timetable.

Her key topics relate to

  • The settlement needs of newcomer children
  • Understanding culture and how culture is transmitted by parents, teachers and peers
  • School readiness for newcomer children
  • Settlement and curriculum
  • Settlement and social capital
  • Approaches to health across cultures
  • Cultural perspectives on prevention and intervention
  • Relationships between migration, settlement and health
  • Working with refugee children.

Judith has addressed audiences and presented posters in far-flung locations, including Toronto, Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Ottawa, Washington, DC,  Pittsburgh, Orlando, and at the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland.

LINK to Judith’s presentations on the distinctive needs of newcomer children at the LINC Childminding Conference in 2011 in Toronto and a CERIS panel discussion in 2014 on TV  and at the event also in Toronto.

  •  Note: Judith’s presentations may be delivered separately or grouped to create a certificate program, tailored to the training needs of specific individuals or groups.

Details about sample presentations and selected articles on newcomer issues appear below.

To find out more, email Judith at:


  •  Three Big Ideas: Settlement, Culture and Readiness
    •  May be directed specifically to administrators and decision-makers
  •  Caring for Newcomer Children: An Introduction
    • A basic introduction for individuals working with newcomer children
  • Meeting the Distinctive Needs of Young Newcomer Children
    • For classrooms OR home child care settings … Participant Guidebooks available
  • Acculturation: Supporting the Settlement of Young Newcomer Children
    • May be delivered in smaller units such as Cultural Transmission through Parents, Transmitting Culture in the Classroom and Peer Relations across Cultures – focus on practice
  • Preparing Newcomer Children for School and Society: Readiness
    • May be delivered in smaller units, with a focus on school readiness or quality indicators
  • Working with Newcomer Children: Practices for Supporting Settlement
    • Focuses on strategies and processes for building bridges and serving newcomer   children
  •  Settlement and Health: The Distinctive Health Needs of Young Immigrants and Refugees
    •  Identifies specific health issues of concern to professionals working with newcomer children
  • Settlement and Curriculum: Accommodating Diverse Childrearing Practices and Beliefs
    • Focuses on ways curriculum can address differences
  • Curriculum Frameworks: Valuable Tools for Supporting the Distinctive Settlement Needs of Young Immigrant and Refugee Children
    • Looks particularly at the advantages of curriculum frameworks in settings that serve diverse populations
  • Exploring the Potential of Curriculum to Accommodate Diverse Beliefs and Practices: Childrearing
    •  Focuses on how curriculum can support parent beliefs and practices
  • Strengthening Families and Building Social Capital by Meeting the Settlement Needs of Young Newcomer Children
    •  Uses the concept of social capital to set goals for programs for newcomers
  • Frameworks for Understanding and Communicating about Child Health across Cultural Boundaries
    • Considers how knowledge of cultural beliefs and practices provides a context for more effectively addressing the health needs of newcomers

For licensors:

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills to Support Regulator-Provider Relationships in Culturally Diverse Settings
    • Illustrates how knowledge of cultural beliefs and practices can improve relationships in professional settings





Professional Development for Teachers Based on


The Settlement of Young Immigrants & Refugees

by Judith A. Colbert, PhD


  1. Meeting the Distinctive Needs of Newcomer Children: Settlement Barriers & Issues – factors affecting the settlement of children
  2. Transmitting Culture: Understanding & Responding to Differences – the meaning of culture and how it is shaped in the activities of everyday lives
  3.  Preparing Newcomer Children for School & Society: Readinessreadiness and settlement in relation to children, teachers and the community
  4.  Working with Newcomer Children: Practices for Supporting Settlementstrategies and processes for building bridges and serving newcomer children better


Separate Workshop Sessions OR an Intensive 2-day Training Program

Workshop & Program Certificates are available from Judith Colbert in cooperation with a participating organization.

* 10 hours of classroom time is equivalent to 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Note: Classroom and E -Learning may be combined. Contact Judith for details.


Judith’s articles/chapters/blog posts on topics related to newcomer children include …













Books Order

Welcoming Newcomer Children will give you…

  • A new way of thinking about newcomer children and their families.
  • A new way of looking at professional practice.
  • A new focus for service delivery.
  • Practical, research-based ideas you can use everyday .


  • 203 pages, 6″ x 9″, includes references, bibliography, and index
  • $29.95 (Canadian currency) / Applicable taxes and shipping extra

The training Participant Guides – Meeting the Needs of Young Immigrant and Refugee Children in Early Childhood and Primary Classrooms OR Meeting the Needs of Young Immigrant and Refugee Children in Home Child Care Settings

  • Are easy to read, easy to use, and easy to adapt
  • Can be used as ready-made handouts for classroom training
  • May be a tool for self-study based on Welcoming Newcomer Children


  • 20 pages each plus a soft cover, 8.5″ x 11,” includes spaces for participant comments and a concluding quiz
  • $10.00 each (Canadian currency) / Applicable taxes and shipping extra



  • 210 pages, 6″ x 9,” includes references, endnotes and an index
  • An Appendix comparing ASD, PTSD and  Settlement Issues
  • $29.95 (Canadian currency) / Applicable taxes and shipping extra



Refugees: The Modern Context

  • 48 pgs, soft cover, 6″ x 9″
  • Print version of an e-learning module – includes suggested activities and video links
  • $9.95 (Canadian currency) / Applicable taxes & shipping extra



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For more information about ordering please email Judith at:

Note: All of Judith’s books are also available as e-books from


26 OCTOBER 2010

Announcing Welcoming Newcomer Children – a New Book on the Settlement of Young Immigrants and Refugees


Do you have young immigrant and refugee children in your early child care program or classroom? Are you responsible for services for young children and their families? Do you want a better understanding of the settlement process? If so, a new book by Judith Colbert will be of value to you.

Under the title, Welcoming Newcomer Children: The Settlement of Young Immigrants and Refugees, Colbert explores settlement from the perspective of the child. Although primarily directed to readers with an interest in supporting young newcomers from birth through age 8, much of the information is also relevant to older children.

Colbert is familiar with the issues. As a writer, researcher and training specialist, much of her work focuses on newcomer children. For example, she is principal author of Canada’s National LINC Childminding Requirements and took the lead in developing an innovative new program of occasional childcare for newcomers funded in Ontario by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  “As an early care and education consultant” Colbert says, “I try to take an international approach. I wrote Welcoming Newcomer Children to achieve my long-time goal of building bridges between research and practice, mainstream and newcomer experiences.”

At the outset, Colbert establishes that young children experience settlement much as adults do, and sets out a definition that echoes throughout Welcoming Newcomer Children. Early on, she also considers the distinctive settlement needs of young children and the relationship between culture and settlement. In exploring cultural transmission by parents, teachers and peers, she invites the reader to examine his or her own role in the settlement process. Finally, focusing specifically on school readiness as the major settlement challenge for young children, Colbert calls for a re-examination of benchmarks of program quality in light of barriers experienced by newcomers.

Welcoming Newcomer Children offers a new perspective on child settlement. It draws on international research in various fields to examine values and beliefs from both Western and Non-Western points of view. It questions accepted practices, priorities and standards, and suggests new strategies for working with young children.

Welcoming Newcomer Children is a comprehensive resource. It invites reader reflection with a recurring feature entitled “Something to Think About” and supports teachers and caregivers with discussions of hands-on situations under the heading “Implications for Practice.” It concludes an analysis of 10 Mainstream Benchmarks of Quality and proposes 10 Steps to Quality for Newcomers. It is fully referenced with a bibliography and index.

For more information and to order, go to


Download a PDF press release for Welcoming Newcomer Children here:

Press Release for Welcoming Newcomer Children

Child Health Across Cultures


The health well-being and special needs of children from diverse cultural backgrounds



  • Fixes on the critical importance of child health.
  • Draws on international research in various fields.
  • Explores health beliefs and practices across cultures.
  • Reveals world-wide patterns of understanding of health and dis/ability.
  • Recommends processes for responding to health issues.


  • Invites reader reflection with Something to Think About.
  • Supports teachers with Program Applications.
  • Includes Scenarios based on actual situations.
  • Features an Appendix comparing ASD, PTSD, and Settlement issues.
  • Is fully referenced with Endnotes and an Index.

Teachers and others “have the task of providing knowledge and support that will promote the physical, mental and social health of all members of the community.”


HOPE             TRUST            COURAGE

Essentials for building healing relationships and

strengthening the health of children from diverse cultures



  • Why is Child Health Important?
  • What is Health? t Health Beliefs and Practices Across Cultures
  • Patterns for Understanding Health Issues
  • Ideas about Prevention and Intervention 
  • Ideas about Dis/Abililties and Health Conditions 
  • Migration, Settlement and Health 
  • Teacher/Professional Response 
  • Appendix: A Comparison of Characteristics: ASD, PTSD and Settlement 


In today’s multicultural reality it is important to be sensitive to the role culture plays in informing an individual’s response to health and disease and your book is an excellent overview in this dauntingly huge field. The discussion of Health Belief and Practices … would be helpful to anyone in the healthcare field working with children and their families.


Overall, I think it is a much-needed contribution to early childhood education