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Seeds of Belonging: Inclusive Early Childhood Spaces

Seeds of Belonging:
Inclusive Early Childhood Spaces
Parent Program

Seeds of Belonging: Inclusive Early Childhood Spaces is an anti-bias, anti-racism initiative for early childhood educators and parents that aims to cultivate futures of understanding, accountability, accommodation, and respect among differences in our local Ojai community and in the world at large.

For this pilot program, we are excited to host Monica Ros, A Place to Grow, Oak Grove, and Secure Beginnings educators and parents of children ages 0-5. Our program will engage educators and parents in parallel but separate programming for three engaging and informative sessions: a film screening with collective discussion and two expert facilitated sessions with Monique Marshall.

Parent Sessions

We strongly encourage parents to register and attend all three parts of the program as they serve as building blocks for one another.

Part 1: Film screening of “Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years” by Debbie LeeKeenan, John Nimmo, and Filiz Efe McKinney, with Louise Derman-Sparks as the film’s senior advisor.

Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years (48 minutes), features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education and provides a much-needed resource for teacher education and professional development.

The film’s theoretical and research framework is based on the books:

Anti-Bias Education for Our Children and Ourselves 
with Louise Derman-Sparks, Julie Olsen Edwards and Catherin Goins

Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change
with Louise Derman-Sparks, Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo

Part 2: Virtual Workshop for Parents with Expert Facilitator Monique Marshall

Raising an Anti-bias Generation Starting with Ourselves
What does it mean to raise Anti-Bias Anti-Racist children? Our children live in a multicultural and non-binary world. Come learn how to raise the next generation to be more racially literate and confident than many grown-ups are. This workshop will invite us to think about how we were brought up and offer a healthy and more holistic approach to raising our children. This interactive workshop is designed to invite dialogue and offer a framework for equity and inclusion work at home and in school.

While this workshop is intended for parents and caregivers, the content will be safe for little ears, and so we encourage parents to attend even if they do not have childcare. 

Part 3: Virtual Workshop for Families with Expert Facilitator Monique Marshall

Never Too Young: Anti-Bias Practice at Home
Anti-bias work begins at birth and starts at home. Bring your young person to this interactive workshop where as families we will talk about the ways we are different and alike, engage in activities together, sing songs and maybe even create some art with one another! Come engage together and open the doors to the opportunity for future anti-bias dialogue in your homes.

This workshop is intended for families to participate as a group. There will be opportunities for everyone to engage. 

About Monique Marshall:

Monique Marshall is a 30-year veteran elementary school teacher who holds a Master’s degree from Bank Street Graduate School. As an innovator and thought leader in anti-bias/anti-racist education, Monique has worked for over 30 years with faculty, students, parents and community members to develop and sustain equitable spaces of learning and belonging.

Monique has presented at the NAIS-sponsored POCC, the Across Colors Conference, Progressive Educators Network, Coalition of Essential Schools, The Young Child Expo & Conference, and in preschools, elementary schools and colleges locally and nationally. Her workshops focus on anti-bias, anti-racist, diversity, equity and social justice work with children.

Learn more about Monique here.

Parent/Caregiver Registration

The Seeds of Belonging: Inclusive Early Childhood Spaces Parent Program offers a unique opportunity to engage with parents across the four participating schools: A Place to Grow, Monica Ros, Oak Grove, and Secure Beginnings.  

Contact with any questions.

Parent Program Schedule

Part 1 Option A: Monday January 17, 2022,  6:00-7:30pm, Virtual
Part 1 Option B: Saturday January 22, 2022, 10:00-11:30am, Virtual
Part 1 Option C: (Oak Grove parents only) OGS Parent Education as scheduled in January, in person

Part 2: Saturday February 5, 2022, 10:00-11:30am, Virtual

Part 3: Saturday February 12, 2022, 10:00-11:30am, Virtual

Please register at least 48 hours in advance of your first session.