Anti-Racist Training for Bay Area Preschools

Anti-Racist Training for Bay Area Preschools

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May Ramos started this petition to Preschool administrations

An open letter to Bay Area preschool administration:

I am May Ramos, a preschool teacher of color at Kid Time South, Walnut Creek. As you know, our world is erupting in protests, riots, and calls to action due to the injustices suffered by our black community. I am asking that you bring anti-racist training to your staff as soon as possible, so that your teachers are well-equipped to implement intentional, racially conscious education to their students. While I understand the many regulations and adaptations being made as we transition to teaching preschool in the midst of COVID-19, there is no “right” time to address racial injustices and reflect on how we can respond within our professions. The time is NOW. 

  I am asking for the anti-racist training to include action in these following areas:

-Eliminating materials  (books, music, etc.) that contain racially prejudiced elements. 
-Re-allocating a portion of your annual budget to purchasing material which centers Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and/or have BIPOC creators.
-Revise curriculum to include intentional discussions and activities about race and inclusivity, with mandatory first-hand input from BIPOC in the revision process.
-Hire more BIPOC teachers and administrators.

As fellow preschool educators, you understand the importance of preschool in a child’s long-term growth. Within their early stages of development, they are already forming ideas about racial differences. Two year olds use racial categories to reason about people’s behaviors (Hirschfeld, 2008), while three- to five-year-olds not only categorize people by race, but can express bias based on race (Aboud, 2008; Hirschfeld, 2008; Katz, 2003; Patterson & Bigler, 2006). Within the preschool system, Black children represent 18% of preschool enrollment, but 48% of preschool children receiving more than one out of school suspension. On the other hand, white students represent 43% of preschool enrollment but 26% of those receiving more than one out of school suspension (U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 2014).
We educators hold the responsibility of teaching the next generation of workers, activists, parents, policy-makers, and more. That is why I believe it is imperative that these actions be taken. Thank you for the tremendous work that you do as preschool teachers. Please join me as we work to better ourselves as intentional, anti-racist, inclusive teachers, by taking the aforementioned steps. If interested, myself and others dedicated to anti-racist education are creating a Google Drive of shared resources that I am happy to share with you when it is complete.
I look forward to hearing a response from your director.

May Ramos
Preschool Teacher
mermay26@gmail.com 
916-601-2330

This letter was supported/proofread by:
Lucianne Colon
Kimiya Shokri
Adam Niemman
Raquel Acosta
Elaine Gavin

Resources:

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. “Civil Rights Data Collection Data Snapshot: School Discipline.” Issue Brief No. 1 (March 2014): Page 1. Web. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/crdc-discipline-snapshot.pdf

Winkler, Erin N. “Children Are Not Colorblinnd: How Young Children Learn Race.” PACE Vol 3-No. 3 (2009): Page 1. Web. https://inclusions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Children-are-Not-Colorblind.pdf

 

 

 

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