Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Reflection Journal

Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Reflection Journal

Journal Prompt


The world is becoming increasingly , and the ability to work with young children and families that may be different than your own is inevitable. The practice of cultural humility helps us develop a respectful attitude toward individuals of other cultures and recognize how our comfort zone is being challenged with new ways of viewing the world. The practice of self-awareness and reflection is critical to cultural competence. 

Please Note: Refer to your weekly reading and lesson content for information on both cultural competence and cultural humility.


For this journal, you will use the Cultural Competence Checklist and write a self-assessment.

Part One – Complete the Self-Assessment

· Download the Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Checklist and read the introduction and instructions to complete.


· Thoroughly read each entry in the Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills sections.  

·        Place an X in the column that “best” describes you in that specific area.  

· Then, complete the scoring by following the directions in the introduction. 

Part Two – Create a Reflection Journal Entry

Write a reflection journal entry on your self-assessment that:

· Describes your findings from the Self-Assessment Checklist and address the following: 

·        What did you discover about yourself? 

·        What were your strengths, and what areas might you improve?

· Defines cultural competence and cultural humility when working with children and families. 

·        Provides specific examples for both cultural competence and cultural humility that differentiates them.

· Discusses at least three (3) ways to develop the sensitivity and perspective that will enable you to provide culturally responsive care and education that honors and meets today’s diverse families.

· Creates descriptions/scenarios of at least two (2) relationship-building strategies that demonstrate culturally responsive care in the early childhood program.  

·        Explains how the strategies foster positive relationships that help young children develop trust and a sense of belonging.

· Uses professional language and tone with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation in the 400-500-word reflection journal.

Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Reflection Journal