Every Monday starting March 7, 2022 through May 9, 2022


Takiema Bunche Smith (she/her), MPA, MSEd; President of Anahsa, LLC

For content questions, please contact Paquita Jarman-Smith, SERC Consultant, at jarman-smith@ctserc.org

For registration questions, please contact Emma Velasquez, SERC, at velasquez@ctserc.org.


*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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