PREPARE FOR CARE

“Promoting Resilience, Enriching Practices in Anti-Racist Education”.

PROMOTING RESILIENCE

The Imagine Institute has partnered with experts in child development, infant/child mental health and trauma-informed care to build a program that helps early childhood educators create supportive and welcoming environments for all children, in order to reduce trauma and buffer against its impacts on the developing child. Educators will partner with families to create networks of support, providing protection against trauma for both the individual child as well as the larger community.

ENRICHING PRACTICES

Children learn best in the context of relationships, engaging with the important adults in their life, leading their own learning through hands-on activities inspired by their daily routines and environment. Research shows that teaching very young children requires just as much skill and complexity as teaching older students. Early childhood educators will learn how to engage children to become curious and enthusiastic learners prepared for kindergarten.

ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION

PREPARE for Care is designed with the understanding that racism, systemic oppression and historical trauma result in trauma for the developing child. Racial and cultural trauma is unlike many other forms of trauma in that its root cause permeates the entire world around us, including, of course, the classroom or early learning environment. This trauma, whether perpetuated in the learning environment or not, is intrusive and recurrent and will negatively impact a child’s development.

During the first five years of life, a child’s brain undergoes tremendous growth and development. Simultaneously, children’s understanding of their racial and ethnic identities begins to emerge. Attitudes about their own identities and outside perceptions of their identity have an impact on a child’s self-esteem, social interaction skills, and ability to navigate the world. Children from underserved populations, children of color, and English language learners (ELL) begin to understand themselves in relation to the dominant culture’s perception of their communities. Therefore, just as the architecture of a child’s brain rapidly develops, the child also begins to absorb and assimilate negative and racist attitudes and assumptions about themselves which can lead to cumulative, long-term negative impacts that can hinder future language, cognitive, social, and emotional capacity and well-being.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Imagine Institute and its partners envision a vibrant system designed to counter the effects of systematic racist and colonial practices and systems that have detrimental effects on the development of underserved and economically disadvantaged children. Through implementing anti-racist and trauma-informed practices in early learning environments, child care providers will provide an opportunity for children to develop into resilient learners by educating providers on both unconscious and conscious biases that affect children in their care, as well providing the historical contexts that influence these beliefs and practices. Cohorts of licensed family child care providers and center staff throughout King County will learn about trauma and anti-racist pedagogy over the course of ten months, implement practices to buffer children from trauma resulting from racism and build relationships to transmit knowledge to the families of the children in their care.

HOW IT WORKS

Participants will complete a total of 10 modules over the course of 10 months. Each module is comprised of one six-hour training and one assignment aimed at assessing participants’ learning and ability to implement theory and practices in their child care environments.

For each completed module, participants will receive a $100 stipend. If a participant successfully completes the program, they will receive a completion award of $500. The total amount a participant can earn is $1500. Classes will be conducted in three languages, English, Somali and Spanish.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend all 10 monthly trainings in Tukwila, Washington
  • Complete all monthly assignments designed to implement anti-racist, trauma-informed practices in your child care environment
  • Attend a program orientation

MODULES

CLASSMONTHTOPIC
2019Jan 2019How Relationships Heal
2019Feb 2019Trauma and Vicarious Trauma
2019Mar 2019The Invention of Whiteness
2019April 2019Inclusion and Decolonization
2019May 2019Racism and Development
2019June 2019Understanding the Psychological Effects of Racism on Children of Color
2019July 2019Family Dynamics
2019Aug 2019Promoting Resilience
2019Sep 2019Collaborative Approaches
2019Oct 2019Anti-Racism in Practice

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to participate:

  • Be a Licensed Family Child Care provider or work at a licensed child care facility in the King County Area
  • Provide care for a least one child receiving a child care subsidy
  • Have the ability to implement new trauma-informed and anti-racist practices into their learning environments(Center staff must receive authorization from supervisory staff to introduce new practices into environments.)
The Imagine Institute

The Imagine Institute