To better serve Hispanic/Latino parents, children, and adolescents, it’s important for both child- and family-serving professionals and the families you work with to have access to resources and materials in Spanish.
According to UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute, Latinos are the largest racial and ethnic group in California at 39% of the population (UCLA, 2022). With more than 4.3 million children ages 0-17 living in the state, Hispanic/Latino children make up 48.6% of California’s youth population (KidsData, 2021). To better serve Hispanic/Latino parents, children, and adolescents, it’s important for both child- and family-serving professionals and the families you work with to have access to resources and materials in Spanish.
Child- and family-serving professionals are as diverse as the populations they serve.
The National Association of Social Workers reports that new social workers are more diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, with Hispanic/Latino making up 14% of the national workforce (NASW, 2020). This data aligns with an accessibility survey CalTrin conducted earlier this year to better understand the individual learning needs of California’s child- and family-serving professionals. Respondents indicated a strong desire for access to both Spanish-language training and resources.
In this post, we highlight resources and websites available in Spanish to help enhance learning, meet your team’s specific development needs, and support the Hispanic/Latino families you serve. Visit CalTrin’s Resources page to find additional links to organizations that provide high-quality, accessible content to extend learning and professional development in child abuse prevention and family strengthening topics.
Children’s Trust Fund Alliance (The Alliance)
The Alliance is a national leader in developing effective implementation strategies, training, and resources for a Protective Factors approach in working with families. Download their Defining the Protective Factors poster, which is available in Spanish and English, and post it as a reminder of how the five factors work together to strengthen families. The Alliance has also partnered with ProSolutions Training to make available an online training to support the implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings. The curriculum consists of seven courses, with the introductory course available in Spanish.
Explore The Alliance’s need2know parent resources, which are concise, just-in-time tools that target a special need, concern, or issue. This suite of resources includes tools, infographics, and conversation guides to share parent-to-parent strategies on how they use protective factors in their everyday lives. All materials are available in both Spanish and English.
Children’s Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway
Protective Factors Conversation Guides (Guía de conversación)
The Protective Factors Conversation Guides can help service providers engage caregivers in personalized conversations about putting Protective Factors into practice in their everyday lives. These can be used one-on-one, as part of structured activity for a larger group, or in in-person or virtual settings. Conversation Guides are available in English and Spanish. Download here.
Factores de protección para una familia fuerte (Protective Factors for a Strong Family)
Cuando la vida se pone difícil, hay ciertas fortalezas, llamadas factores de protección, que pueden ayudar a los padres a superar los desafíos y unir a su familia. Esta hoja informativa de Child Welfare Information Gateway explica qué son los factores de protección y da ejemplos de cómo pueden identificarse en situaciones de la vida real. También ofrece consejos y recursos para ayudar a los padres a fortalecer y aplicar cada factor en sus propias vidas para ayudar a su familia a salir adelante. Descarga aquí.
This factsheet helps families understand what Protective Factors are and gives examples of how they can be identified in real life situations. It also offers tips and resources to help parents and caregivers strengthen and apply each factor in their own lives to help their family thrive. Download here.
The Child Abuse Prevention Center
The Child Abuse Prevention Center is a statewide training, education research and resource center dedicated to strengthening children, families, and communities. Access their Daily Acts to Strengthen Families tip sheet available in both Spanish and English. This tip sheet outlines how parents and caregivers can show kindness towards children with ideas for every day of the month (actos de bondad hacia los niños).
Child Maltreatment Prevention
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Explore the following Spanish-language resources available from the CDC:
- Concerned about Your Child’s Development? How to Get Help for Your Child: Talking to the doctor is the first step toward getting help for a child if parents are concerned about his or her development (how their child plays, learns, speaks, acts, or moves). This fact sheets provides guidance for parents and caregivers. Available in Spanish and English.
- Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers: There are many things parents can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with their child. Essentials for Parenting will help parents handle some common challenges, so they can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping their child grow. Available in Spanish and English.
- Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities: The CDC’s technical package identifies a number of strategies based on the best available evidence to help states and communities prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect. Available in Spanish and English.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Learn how communities and individuals can strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect. These factsheets from Child Welfare Information Gateway provide information on how communities, community leaders, and individual citizens can strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect:
- Cómo prevenir el abuso y la negligencia de menores (Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect)
- Consecuencias a largo plazo del maltrato de menores (Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect)
Browse additional hojas informativas (factsheets) from Child Welfare Information Gateway in both Spanish and English on child abuse and neglect, the child welfare system, and Federal legislation.
FRIENDS National Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention
FRIENDS provides targeted technical assistance and training to the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Community as well as high-quality information to the general child abuse prevention community. Explore FRIENDS resources available in Spanish, including: Parent Leadership and Appreciation Resources, Parent & Practitioner Newsletter, and stories from their Voices of Parent Leaders series. Learn more.
ZERO TO THREE
The first three years of life are the most important for lifelong mental health and well-being. ZERO TO THREE translates the science of early childhood development into real impact. Learn more about how early connections last a lifetime with ZERO TO THREE’s collection of more than 130 resources in Spanish.
Healthy Steps – a program of ZERO TO THREE – created 10 handouts that offer easy to understand definitions and explanations of why Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are a problem and how to help protect children from toxic stress. Child- and family-serving professionals can use these handouts to share important information about ACEs toxic stress, and resilience-building interventions with parents to improve physical, emotional, and mental health for families. Handouts in Spanish include:
- Complete Collection of ACEs, Toxic Stress & Resilience Resources
- ¿Qué son las Experiencias infantiles adversas* y por qué son importantes? (What are ACEs and Why Do They Matter?)
- ¿Qué es el estrés tóxico? (What is Toxic Stress?)
- Cómo reducir los efectos de las experiencias infantiles adversas y del estrés tóxico (How to Reduce the Effects of ACEs and Toxic Stress)
- Consejos para la buena nutrición (Tips for Good Nutrition)
- Buenos hábitos de sueño (Good Sleep Habits)
- Promover el ejercicio (Promoting Exercise)
- Cómo mejorar la salud mental (Improving Mental Health)
- Ventajas de las relaciones interpersonales de apoyo (The Benefit of Supportive Relationships)
- Cómo usar la atención plena (Using Mindfulness)
- La criazana y las experiencias infantiles adversas (Parenting with ACEs)
Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Resources in Spanish page features helpful tools for child welfare professionals working with Spanish-speaking families and community members involved with the child welfare system; those who are interested in adopting, becoming foster parents, caring for a relative’s child; or seeking help with a personal situation (esta página está disponible en español). Spanish-language resources include:
- Índice de títulos en español (Spanish Title Index): This catalog provides access to all of the publications Information Gateway offers in Spanish.
- Hojas informativas (Factsheets): Provides general information about child abuse and neglect, the child welfare system, and Federal law.
- Hojas informativas para las familias (Factsheets for Families): Provides accessible information in Spanish and English for families and nonprofessionals on topics in adoption, foster care, and parenting.
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Management & Leadership
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Oklahoma TF-CBT Therapy
Oklahoma TF-CBT Therapy provides information and resources for families considering Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), professionals interested in learning about TF-CBT treatment, and TF-CBT therapists implementing the model within the state of Oklahoma. Following is a sample of Oklahoma TF-CBT’s resources available in Spanish:
- ¿Qué es tf-cbt? (What is TF-CBT?)
- Prácticas de crianza positiva (Positive Parenting Practices)
- Experiencias comunes de los padres de quienes han experimentado eventos traumáticos (Caregiver Think-Feel-Do)
- ¡Yo me puedo relajar! (Relaxation Log)
- Sentimientos (Feelings ID Info for Caregivers)
- Feelings Faces
- Spanish Language Video Resources
Access all of Oklahoma TF-CBT’s Spanish-language resources online here.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The more we learn about how traumatic events affect children and youth, the better prepared we will be to help them recover. The NCTSN offers a dedicated Información en Español page that features briefs, fact sheets, reports, tip sheets, and other support resources to help children and families who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events. View all Spanish-language resources here.
Complete Websites Available in Spanish
The following websites are available in full Spanish translation:
- California Department of Public Health
- First 5 California (Sitio web para padres de California)
- HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics parenting website / La página sobre la crianza de los niños de la AAP)
- Sesame Street in Communities (Sesame Street en las comunidades)
Glossaries of Common Child Abuse Prevention and Child Welfare Terms
Child Welfare Terms: In the interest of better serving the needs of Spanish-speaking families and professionals who work with them, Child Welfare Information Gateway developed this glossary to ensure consistency and cultural relevance in our publications. Terms can be searched from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
Office of Child Care Spanish Language Glossary: The Administration for Children & Families Office of Child Care developed a glossary that provides a consistent terminology database for translating child care materials from English into Spanish. This document is updated periodically to ensure that the terms and translations are still representative of the language used in the field.
Head Start Bilingual Glossary: This is a searchable database of terms for rendering Head Start translations from English into Spanish or vice versa. Explore Head Start’s Style Guide for Translations into Spanish for best practices that are helpful in providing meaningful information to the Spanish-speaking Head Start community.
What About CalTrin?
To better support the professional development goals of Hispanic/Latino learners, CalTrin is exploring training topics to offer fully in Spanish as well as looking at translation services for popular trainings. For example, we are partnering with the Center for Nonprofit Management to provide a Supervising for Success training in Spanish in March 2023–stay tuned for details! Whenever possible, we will also share partner resources that include both English and Spanish versions.
We are committed to helping child- and family-serving professionals achieve their learning goals—and you can help! Have a Spanish-language resource recommendation (graphic, fact sheet, guide, video, etc.)? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources shared with CalTrin will be reviewed and when appropriate, incorporated into future training presentations, suggested as follow-on materials, added to resource guides, etc.