You are committed to cultivating staff’s knowledge and skills related to fostering healthy development of the young children in their care and the families with whom they have formed partnerships. You are also deeply invested in developing staff leadership capacities.
Your board concurs and also believes that Scribbles has a robust commitment to working for access, equity, and positive social change. They have asked you to work with the staff in developing this broader advocacy lens. You welcome the challenge and believe that an important precursor to supporting these goals includes exploring biases, because deep knowledge of one’s own values and beliefs is a precursor to actively and effectively working on access and equity as social justice issues. As a first step to this important work, you decide to create a blog for staff with initial posts that provide a research-based introduction to the power of bias, including how to recognize and mitigate it as well as information and strategies that support access, equity, and positive social change for young children, families, and the early childhood field.
For this Assessment, complete the “Supporting Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change” Blog Post Template.
Supporting Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change Blog
Blog Post 1: The Power of Bias
Explain how biases can influence relationships with children and families. Include what biases are, how they impact values and beliefs, and why reflecting on and understanding bias is integral to working with children and families, and growing as a professional. Also explain three specific research-based strategies early childhood professionals can use to identify their own biases and mitigate their influence. (4-6 paragraphs)
Blog Post 2: Let’s Support Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change for Young Children and Families
Explain why early childhood professionals, programs, and services should support access, equity and positive social change for young children and families. Also explain two specific research-based practices early childhood professionals can implement to support social justice within early childhood settings. (4-6 paragraphs)
Blog Post 3: Be an Advocate: The Role of Early Childhood Professionals and the Early Childhood Field in Supporting Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change for Young Children and Their Families
Explain the role of the early childhood field in supporting and advancing access and equity for all young children and their families. Also, explain two specific research-based strategies early childhood professionals can engage in to help ensure that the field supports access, equity, and positive social change through program design and/or practice. (3-5 paragraphs)
Scribble’s Early Learning Center is an early childhood program serving young children, from 12 weeks birth through 5 years old and their families in Hansvale, Minnesota. Hansvale is a richly diverse community and the program staff is committed to ensuring that the diversity of the community's children and families is supported in their program.
Program staff believes that families in the program are essential partners and is committed to creating bridges between the early childhood program, the classrooms, and each child’s home. Families are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities within the program and daily conversations occur regarding children's development and learning. Families also have opportunities to participate in developing goals based on their children’s development and learning. As well, families are welcome to participate in program and classroom-level decision making. Conferences are held with families on a semiannual and “as needed” basis. Teachers use conference time to gather information from families about their hopes, dreams, and goals for their children. Feedback is regularly sought from families about how they feel the program and classroom are supporting them and their child’s development. Modifications to programming and classroom activities are made on an “as needed” basis.
At the beginning of the year, every classroom teacher conducts home visits to learn about each child and family. These home visits are seen as an essential strategy, key to understanding who families are and how they live their lives. Careful attention is taken to create environments that meaningfully reflect each family and their daily lives. These opportunities, as well as all of the efforts to engage families, draw on each family’s unique knowledge and are respectfully designed around each family’s strengths.
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