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Hispanic Heritage Month

MDC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month | MDC News“Should I call you Latino/Latina/Latinx, Hispanic, or Chicano/Chicana?” We have all been there… so what is the correct term? The truth is no matter which term you use people will often disagree because we use all of these terms as identity markers. National Hispanic heritage month is celebrated every year from September 15th to October 15th. During this time period, tribute is paid to the generations that have contributed and had a positive influence in Hispanic American society. According to the 2019 U.S. Census, Hispanics make up about 20% of the United States population. Although it is an emotionally charged topic, we must acknowledge the impact that Hispanic societies and communities constantly make within our nation. So how can parents or childcare providers celebrate national Hispanic heritage month? Embrace diversity!

Hispanic Heritage Month Terms

  • Listen to Music
    • A great way to expose children to Hispanic heritage is by listening to Spanish music. Choose a genre and an age appropriate artist to listen to; if you want a challenge learn to dance to different rhythms of music.
      • Tango
      • Salsa
      • Bachata
      • Merengue
      • Cumbia
  • Read Books
    • There are many children’s books that portray the true roots of Hispanic culture. Below you can find a list of children’s books to read during Hispanic heritage month.
        • A Library for Juana by Pat Mora
        • Abuela by Arthur Dorros
        • Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
        • Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! By George Ancona
          • Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
  • Cook
    • Food indeed has the power to bring people together, so why not make it a family affair? Try some of the most popular Hispanic dishes or support local restaurants that serve Hispanic foods.
        • Salsa
        • TacosLatinx Heritage Month: More Than One Word, More Than One Heritage - HRC
        • Air-Fried Plantains
        • Empanadas
        • Tamales
  • Learn