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Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Initiative

SEEDS OF BELONGING:
INCLUSIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD SPACES

Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Initiative for Early Childhood in the Ojai Valley

This initiative aims to provide adults, teachers, and parents with education and support to practice anti-bias and anti-racism at home and in the classroom.

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By focusing on the very young in our community at a time when their experiences shape their identity, how they see the world, how they develop empathy and treat others, and how they do or do not experience security, we can work towards a more just society. Between the ages of 2 and 5, children develop awareness of race, gender, ethnicity, class, and differing abilities. They also develop biases at this time of life.

This pilot program brings a coordinated approach to Anti-Bias Anti-Racism early childhood programming in our Valley, connecting experts, community, and curriculum. The innovative program supports educators and parents in parallel but separate programming for three engaging, interactive sessions which include a film screening with collective discussion, and two workshops with expert facilitator Monique Marshall. In the final session, parents and children are invited to participate together through music and art as we learn how to be the change we wish to see in practice!

If you would like to connect, share ideas, ask questions, or receive updates about this initiative, let us know!

The pilot launched in December 2021 and is partially supported by a generous grant from the Ojai Women’s Fund. To donate in support of this program, visit securebeginnings.org/donate and choose Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Initiative. 

Parents/caregivers of children ages 0-5 who attend the Seeds of Belonging pilot program’s participating schools will receive information about the Parent Program directly from their school administrator.