As the Child Care Solutions Literacy Specialist, I’ve been able to help parents and child care providers use this “monkey see, monkey do” phenomenon to their advantage—as a way to introduce and encourage a love of reading into their homes and centers.
As early childhood educators, we are expected, and for some topics mandated, to participate in trainings about diversity, culture, and inclusion. While these trainings are extremely important and help providers to understand and be inclusive of the religious, racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic status of the children and families we serve, they often are missing one piece: teaching these concepts to children.
Growing Up WILD! is an early childhood education program from the Council for Environmental Education builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Incorporating the wonder inspired by butterflies engages a child’s curiosity, easily connecting them to lessons of both the insect’s life cycle as well as the environment.
Not for the first time, I asked this question March 2: Why are these women – powerful, experienced, wise – virtually invisible in Rockford and Winnebago County political and organizational leadership?
The YWCA Leader Luncheon brings over 600 guests, almost 500 women, together in a single room for a single day and proves annually – at least for me – that there’s a disconnect between the power and expertise in that room and the “way things are done” in the Rock River Valley.
And, not for the first time, I will ruffle feathers again by pointing out that disconnect. Over my 20 years as executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, my columns asking why women and other minorities were shut out of the mainstream decision-making irritated, to put it mildly, the entrenched power structure.