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May 26, 2010

NAEYC: We Need Men in Early Childhood

Pre-kindergarten classrooms are one of the first places children learn about accepting differences. And the ability to understand and accept people other than those just like yourself is the cornerstone of a more peaceful and equitable society. But this perspective is almost always presented by one gender − female. The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s recent issue of Young Children (YC) draws attention to this bias and suggests that children need to interact with men and women, and it is up to us − the practitioners in the early childhood arena − to make that happen. Men can be embraced by the early childhood community if those involved in educating, hiring, and supporting teachers make gender diversity a priority. Check out this video and see if it doesn’t make you think twice about how to recruit, train, and hire in your early childhood setting.


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