Creating equitable learning opportunities is at the core of NAEYC's mission and will be the focus of our Western Massachusetts conference. As put forth in NAEYC's "Advancing Equity in Early Childhood" position statement, addressing structural inequities "requires attention to both interpersonal dynamic-the day-to-day relationships and interactions at the core of early childhood education practice-and systematic influences the uneven distribution of power and privilege inherent in public and private systems nationwide, including in early childhood education."
MAAEYC is excited to be hosting the first ever Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Panel Discussion! The following distinguished panelists will participate in this discussion: Qinyi (Isabelle) Ren, Gregg Millien, & Rosemary Hernandez. In this 1-hour discussion, panel members will share their thoughts and experiences, relating to DEIB, and will answer questions from the moderators and audience.This rich discussion is an opportunity for meaningful reflection, team building, and embracing relationships. We hope this discussion provides insights into the changing landscape of early childhood spaces, and you leave feeling empowered and energized!