Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: It Starts in Early Childhood [Webinar]

In this webinar, we welcomed Prerna Richards, Coach, Consultant, and Founder of Together We Grow. Prerna talked about how early childhood education plays a critical role in helping young children grow up to be inclusive and accepting of others.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion seem to be buzzwords these days, but what do they all mean? During the session, we took a closer look at the role of leaders and educators in creating programs, policies, and approaches that reflect these values. We also discussed practical tips to create environments where everyone is welcome and included!

🎤Our Special Guest!

Prerna Richards, CEO and Founder of Together We Grow

Prerna Richards is a coach, consultant, trainer, and international speaker. She has been in the early childhood education fiePrerna Richards is a coach, consultant, trainer, and international speaker. She has been in the early childhood education field for the past 35 years and started her consulting business two years ago called Together We Grow to provide professional development, coaching, and consulting for educators and individual families. Her educational philosophy is grounded in a play-based approach along with a strong social-emotional foundation. She is the winner of Susan Hargrave’s trainer of the year award from TXAEYC in 2020.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes From Prerna

  • Diversity means the understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences.
  • Inclusion is the act of including someone or something as part of a group.
  • Equality means having access to equal opportunities, no matter the race or socioeconomic status. 
  • Equity means making the playing field level.
  • Show up and be your authentic self. When you do this and share about ourselves we help build an anti-biased educator. 
  • Create a classroom with open-ended materials and use natural play to set children up with a building block for equity.

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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.

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