Anyone working in or touching the field of early care and education, including but not limited to early childhood and elementary education teaching professionals, social workers, family advocates, technical assistance professionals, and trainers, are invited to take a deeper dive into what it means to work with children and families in a diverse society.
To better support children and families in a diverse society, early care and education professions need to have a willingness to:
- Learn and explore more about themselves, colleagues, children, families, parents and caregivers in the broad context of topics related to diversity and culture.
- Develop an understanding of difference in family structures and dynamics, while allowing space to practice “Constructive Uncertainty” and or recognize their own bias against some (i.e. children with same sex parents).
- Identify and gather resources available to them and make an honest effort to work collaboratively with others in and outside their respective fields with others in support of children.
- Apply the Social Justice Standards and Wisconsin Early Model Standards when planning learning experiences and fostering a socially just learning environment for children.
Registry Credentials are offered by accredited higher education institutions located throughout Wisconsin. The following is a list of colleges and universities in Wisconsin that offer this credential:
This credential is a four-course series for a total of 12 credits. Each course is three credits. Course descriptions are as follows:
Course One: Building a Foundation for Understanding Diversity
In this course, students will explore the historical context of racism and discrimination, reflect deeply on their own identity, culture, intersectionality and biases, and begin to consider steps they can take toward growth.
Course Two: Building on the Assets of Families and Cultures
Throughout this course, students will learn about how to build on the assets of diverse families. They will learn how to engage families while respecting their different backgrounds, welcome families and solicit their involvement so teachers and families can work collaboratively in the best interest of their child.
Course Three: Culturally Appropriate Interactions and Guidance
In this course, students will learn about culturally appropriate interactions and guidance for young children. Students will explore their own biases and reflect on their intentional and unintentional beliefs that lead to their responses when working with children from backgrounds different from their own. Students will also begin to recognize the disparity of equity that may impart a cumulative emotional and historical trauma across generations while learning how to interact and guide children that may be affected by such inequity.
Course Four: Authentic Curriculum that Connects with Children
Throughout this course, students will learn about the importance of creating curriculum that connects with children from diverse backgrounds. Students will also explore their role as leaders in the classroom and their program in creating a culturally competent environment for children and families. Students will create a capstone project to demonstrate and display what they have learned throughout the four courses of this credential course series.