Community Agency Vignettes
Instructions: This assignment will ask you to pick one child vignette and research community
agencies that would support them. Please pick one of the child vignettes below and answer the
corresponding questions. In your response, please let me know which vignette you decided on.
Your questions should be answered thoroughly and include specific details regarding the
resources for each child. For example: If you would recommend referring the children the
Health and Family Services, what would you be referring them for? If you are going to
recommend going to a WIC office, what is the specific information that they will need and
where can they find the office.
Three-year-old Anthony and his family are behind on rent. They are facing possible
homelessness and worrying they will run out of food. Many of these challenges can be linked to
the difficulty Anthony’s mother is having in finding steady employment. A consequence of
these stressors may be seen in how Anthony’s behavior has changed at his childcare. He has
become more socially withdrawn and has begun hitting and punching other children and having
1. What resources might support Anthony’s family with housing and food? Please list the
specific resource information: (name, address, phone number and any other
information a family might need to have regarding these resources). Please be sure
that you include both housing and food resources.
2. What resources might support Anthony’s teachers to bolster all aspects of his learning
and development, including helping him to self-regulate?
Qasim arrived recently with his mother, father, and older sister, Daba, from Syria. Qasim is
three years old.
At home Qasim’s family speaks Arabic, but both parents are eager to learn English. Through an
interpreter, Qasim’s parents report that he has an extensive vocabulary and seems to be adding
new words and using longer sentences, in Arabic, each day.
The journey to San Diego was a perilous one. His family has shared that Qasim sometimes has
bad dreams about their journey that wake him up and require stroking, rocking, and soothing
words to get him back to sleep. His family calls him a “little professor” based on the fact that he
is extremely curious, quite perceptive, and very interested in how things work. To support his
English development and help him begin to feel at home, his family is sending him to a nearby
early childhood program each day. His teacher reports that he often seems withdrawn and
quiet, but is also watching the other children to see and follow what they’re doing. She
acknowledges that she doesn’t know any Arabic and is struggling with how best to support
Qasim and collaborate with his family.
1. What resources might support Qasim’s family in their adjustment to their new
community? Please list the specific resource information: (name, address, phone
number and any other information a family might need to have regarding these
2. What resources might support Qasim’s teacher in her work with him and her
engagement of a family that does not speak English?