Lyn Morland is a Medical Anthropologist and Social Worker who has worked in the fields of refugee resettlement and children’s services for more than three decades. She is a Research Fellow with the Center for Cultural Responsiveness at Bank Street College of Education in New York.
Her international work includes developing early childhood education programs in the Philippines in the early 1980s, conducting National Science Foundation-funded research in Honduras in the early 1990s, and most recently consulting on policy and practice regarding integration of refugee children in Australia and in South Korea. She has directed a network of local clinics for immigrants and multicultural children’s services, including a Head Start initiative. Nationally, she directed two technical assistance initiatives funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement: the National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health (NAMMH) and Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), most recently partnering with Bank Street College of Education’s Office of Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) to develop a collaboration between Refugee Resettlement and Head Start.
She holds an MSW and MA/ABD in anthropology and medical behavioral sciences.
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This study reveals the challenges and successes of collaboration between refugee resettlement services and Head Start, and demonstrates that increasing the Early Head Start and Head Start enrollment of young children in refugee families is possible through intersectoral collaboration. The report focuses on study sites in Phoenix, AZ and Syracuse, NY.