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A Day of Learning: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Action for Children’s Professional Development team recently hosted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion event that brought together educators and administrators, all committed to creating inclusive and fair spaces for our youngest learners. The conference focused on sparking meaningful conversations and inspiring action in early childhood education. 

One of the amazing speakers, Dr. Zeynep Isik-Ercan, kicked things off with a keynote titled “A Framework for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: The Child in the Community.” She emphasized the importance of recognizing our shared humanity in building inclusive environments and offered valuable guidance on fostering a sense of belonging for every child. 

Throughout the day, attendees participated in sessions covering various aspects of DEIB in early childhood education, from gender equity to supporting children with autism spectrum disorder. Each session provided practical insights and strategies for educators to apply in their classrooms. 

For more practical tips, check out our recent blog post, Classrooms That Embrace All Learners: Gender Equity. 

One session stood out for its focus on navigating challenging conversations with families and colleagues. Participants gained tools and confidence to address sensitive issues with empathy and constructive dialogue, strengthening relationships and creating a sense of community. 

In short, this virtual DEIB conference for early childhood professionals was both inspiring and motivating. By facilitating dialogue, sharing insights, and offering practical tools, it empowered attendees to create nurturing environments where every child feels valued and respected.  We’re excited to continue our efforts in creating equity and belonging in the classroom, shaping a brighter future for generations to come.

Download our free PDF resource today if you’d like to learn more about principles for diversity, equity, and belonging in the classroom!

We’re also excited to invite early childhood professionals to our next full-day training event, which will be held in person on April 20, 2024! Attendees will get a practical guide to all things Early Learning & Development Standards (ELDS), earn up to 4 Ohio Approved credits, and enjoy a catered lunch.

Reserve your spot early by registering today!

Author: Tyra James, Program Marketing Coordinator at Action for Children  

Thank you to all the early childhood educators who attended and all of the staff and presenters who helped make AFC’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging training event so great!

Action for Children is the local child care resource and referral agency for central Ohio, and is committed to assuring quality early learning experiences for all children. Our services focus on transforming the lives of children by supporting the everyday heroes who most influence our children’s early growth; caregivers, educators, parents, and guardians. Learn More.

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