During the preschool years, children are beginning to develop their understandings of gender, sexuality, and family. Unfortunately, there are often few spaces for early childhood educators and families to talk about the questions and behaviors that come up in their homes and classrooms. There has to be a better way. We are committed to providing educators and professionals with high-quality training on how to explore these concepts with young children in curriculum and pedagogy. And we are committed to supporting parents and family members to confidently address these topics with their children in empowering, accurate, and developmentally appropriate ways.
The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute is offering a series of workshops – one set for educators and one set for families – designed to spark discussion, facilitate the creation of shared language, and provide educators and families with the resources they need to make their classrooms and homes supportive spaces for the development and expansive exploration of identity. By running workshops both for families and educators we hope to engage all members of an early childhood community in supporting each other and the children they care for.