PEACH-QSLA Project

Using Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Practices to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for BIPOC Families in ECE

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PEACH‘s Anti-Racism & Equity Working Group and QSLA have partnered to launch this new series “Using Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Practices to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for BIPOC* Families in ECE“. The series, running from August 2022 – May 2023, will focus on creating conversation spaces with your early learning programs to better center anti-bias and anti-racist practices in your work with children and families, particularly in support of marginalized families of color.

As our society grapples with racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and the violence this often generates, we find ourselves at a pivotal point. Partner with us to co-develop the knowledge and expertise needed to support children and families of color in our programs with equity and justice at the forefront.

How are we approaching this? 

  • Publishing 4 key articles focused on these topics that provide research-informed tips and best practices that you can use to support the implementation of anti-biased and anti-racist practices in your early learning program.
  • Offering 4 webinars that address these topics through engaging content, discussions, and interactive activities that support your professional and personal growth.
  • Hosting 2 Communities of Practice where you will have a chance to discuss successes, challenges, best practices, and share reflections with other early educators tackling these same important topics. 

All sessions are individual and there is no requirement to attend them in any order. We look forward to sharing enriching conversations with you in these engaging webinars and Communities of Practice!

*BIPOC is an acronym which stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

We invite you to share your voice! What experiences and practices do you have around anti-bias and anti-racist efforts with families? What questions, ideas, and/or concerns do you want to hear and discuss during this series? Click here to share your thoughts in this quick 5-question survey!

Click on the buttons below to explore the Webinars, Communities of Practice, and Articles this series offers! Remember to check back throughout the year for new content!

Click on this flyer below for a quick overview of the series! Share this flyer with your fellow early educators and program staff!

Meet the Presenters

Click on the videos below to e-meet the Early Childhood Education professionals that you will be seeing, conversing with, and connecting to throughout this year-long project!

Alma Cortez
Associate Professor
Child Development Department, Pierce College

Cindy Stephens
Professor of Early Childhood Education, College of the Canyons

Cristina Espinoza
Family Education Coordinator,
Quality Start Los Angeles

Deborah Owens
Department Chair
Child Development & Education Dept., Glendale Community College

Dr. Michelle DeJohnette
Ph.D./Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies at Cal Poly Pomona

Toni Isaacs
Program Director of PEACH
Faculty at Moorpark College, Child Development & Education Department

La Tanga Hardy
Director
Child Development Center, LA Trade Technical College

Nancy Hurlbut 
Associate Dean, 
Cal Poly Pomona

Elmida Baghdaserians, Ed.D.
Professor,
Child Development,
Los Angeles Valley College

Sign Up for a Webinar!

How Bias Impacts Our Relationships with Children and Families

Tuesday, September 13th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Presenters: Cindy Stephens, Elmida Baghdaserians, Michelle DeJohnette

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We’re kicking off our new Anti-Bias & Anti-Racism series with our first webinar “How Bias Impacts Our Relationships with Children and Families”! What is bias? What does it mean for me and my role in ECE? Join QSLA and our PEACH partners for this first webinar on bias, anti-bias and how these concepts affect us and our work in ECE. We will discuss what anti-bias approaches and strategies can help us create early learning spaces that are more equitable and inclusive for staff and families of color. 

What can you expect to learn and do in this webinar? 

  • Define and discuss the impact of bias, particularly implicit and explicit bias in early learning programs (on our staff, children, and families) 
  • Explain the concept and applications of an anti-bias approach in early learning settings and family engagement
  • Identify anti-bias strategies that your early learning programs can use to support families 
  • Define and discuss intersectionality, particularly the drawing on lived experiences and highlighting the impact of overlapping identities

Understanding How Color Blindness is Really Color-Evasiveness

Wednesday, November 2, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Presenters: Alma Cortes, La Tanga Hardy

Do you struggle with conversations around skin tone and color blindness in your early learning program? In this constructive webinar on color blindness and color evasiveness, we will learn, examine, and discuss how these matters affect us, our programs, and the families we work with – and what we can do about it!

Anti-Racism

February 2023, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Presenters: Cindy Stephens, Deborah Owens

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We are all familiar with the word racism to some extent. What about anti-racism? In this third webinar, we’ll learn about racism & anti-racism, from the implicit and subconscious aspects to how to be anti-racist educators – for ourselves, our programs, and the families we partner with.

Suspensions & Expulsions in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

April 2023, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Presenters: La Tanga Hardy, Michelle DeJohnette, Toni Isaacs

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Did you know Black, Native American, and Latinx children are more likely to be suspended and expelled in ECE programs? This fourth webinar puts together the puzzle pieces: the data on the harmful effects of racism and bias on exclusionary discipline for children of color in ECE, the roots of these inequitable practices and what efforts and strategies your early learning program can use.

Sign Up for Communities of Practice!

Community of Practice #1
Tuesday, December 6, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Facilitators: Cindy Stephens, Nancy Hurlbut, and Toni Isaacs

Enrollment Coming Soon!

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Let’s come together and discuss! In this first Community of Practice, we will share what we have learned from these past Anti-Bias and Color Blindness webinars, from our own reflections, and from bringing these ideas to our early learning programs. If you need support, clarity, and inspiration around these topics, come connect with your fellow early educators and QSLA in these enriching conversations!

Community of Practice #2
May 2023, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Facilitators: Cindy Stephens, La Tanga Hardy, and Toni Isaacs

Enrollment Coming Soon!

Three women meeting

Let’s come together and discuss! In this second Community of Practice, we will share what we have learned from these past Anti-Racism and Suspensions & Expulsions in ECE webinars, from our own reflections, and from bringing these ideas to our early learning programs. If you need support, clarity, and inspiration around these topics, come connect with your fellow early educators and QSLA in these enriching conversations!