Journey to Nia: Power and Purpose in Black Caregiving of Young Children
Every Monday starting March 7, 2022 through May 9, 2022
Takiema Bunche Smith (she/her), MPA, MSEd; President of Anahsa, LLC
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SERC BLACK LIVES MATTER AFFINITY GROUP
*This is a four (4) day event –Mondays at 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
March 7, 2022
March 21, 2022
April 25, 2022
May 9, 2022
The Journey to Nia is a program that will support the development of healthy racial, cultural and playful identities of Black children in their earliest years. Nia means “purpose” in Swahili, a West African language, and in the Journey to Nia, Black caregivers and early childhood educators will learn how to identify ways to care for and educate Black children so that they can thrive. The Journey to Nia will include four learning sessions for Early Childcare Professionals (Section A) and four learning sessions for Black families and caregivers (Section B) to build the capacity to fully support their Black children to thrive at home and in school. Participants will learn self-care and community care within the context of racism and racial trauma. Upon completion, participants who are parents/caregivers will receive a stipend. All participants will receive a certificate of completion for 6 clock hours.
Section A (ECE Professionals)
Monday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm:
March 7, March 21, April 25, and May 9, 2022
Section B (ECE Family/Caregiver)
Monday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm:
March 14, March 28, May 2, and May 16, 2022
Topics for Section A and B:
• Historical contexts of racism and anti-Black racism, and the impact on young children, families, parenting, and educational experiences
• Overview of adult and young children’s racial and cultural identity development
• Creating culturally and racially responsive environments at home/school for learning and whole-child development
• Strategies to advocate for Black children in educational settings
* Note: Sessions will involve presentation of frameworks and information, with time for participants to make personal connections to the larger concepts. Sessions are interactive and responsive to the needs of individuals living and caregiving during a pandemic.
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Welcoming Walkthrough Overview Training
Date: January 25, 2022
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. Zoom Meeting
Educators understand more than ever that the key to engaging parents is to make their schools feel “like family.” Schools that extend a genuine welcome to parents have stronger partners in the education process. The CT Welcoming Schools Initiative was developed to enhance partnerships among families, schools and the community. This workshop will incorporate hands-on activities and practice using the Welcoming Tool. The Tool focuses on the physical environment, family engagement practice, policy and communication indicators to assess the climate and culture of the school. Teams from schools comprised of families, administrators, teachers, family liaisons and community partners.
For additional information, contact:
Betsy LeBorious at email@example.com or 860-509-3615
Please bring a laptop or other device for note taking and access to online resources.
Parent Teacher Home Visits – Follow-Up
The Forum is being offered to administrators, teachers, community members and school teams who were trained to implement the Parent Teacher Home Visits Model for families in Connecticut.
The goal of the PTHV FOLLOW-UP Forum:
- Provide support and information to school and community partner personnel.
- Create space for conversations about success and challenges.
- Review the implementation process using the PTHV Tools.
- Create an FAQ database that can be accessed by all.
- Learn how to access help for any PTHV concern.
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For questions contact Betsy LeBorious, firstname.lastname@example.org
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