Pennsylvania Child Care Association - Event Information
Anti-Racist Work Group for Early Childhood Educators
Do you want to strengthen your work as an Anti-Racist Educator? Are you struggling with how to best use your time and focus energy in your fight for equity? Would you like to have access to other Anti-Racists who are as passionate about this work as you are? If this sounds like you, apply today to be selected for the second cohort of the PACCA Anti-Racist Work Group for Early Childhood Educators. This journey - which will occur via Zoom and will be held on four evenings in April - will secure your understanding of racial equity in education, allow you to awaken to what needs to be done, and learn how to best use your voice and privilege toward eliminating racism.
When is the Work Group being held?
This group will meet in the evening Wednesdays - April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
How do I apply?
Complete the attached short application and return it by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021 and return to Maureen Murphy, Director, Member Engagement. We hope that you will be able to join us in this timely and important work. Space is limited, so return your application today! The application is available HERE: https://www.pacca.org/docs/Anti-Racist_Work_Group_App.docx
Those selected to participate will be notified no later than Friday, March 26. No payment is due until you are notified of your acceptance.
Can I get PQAS and/or Act 48 credits?
Yes, these credits will be available at no additional cost to those who complete the 4-part series
What is the cost for the series? PACCA Members: $50 per participant. Non-Members: $75 per participant.
Payment will be due after notification of acceptance, and no later than 5:00 pm on April 6, 2021
Who will be leading this series?
The Work Group will be led by Ruby Martin, M.Ed., Chief Child & Youth Program Officer, YWCA of York. With over 30 years of experience in early learning, Ruby has been overseeing the children and youth programs of YWCA York for over 13 years working with diverse populations. She has been training in PA since 1998 and currently holds her PQAS certification for the 20th year. Ruby has attended multiple experiences to enhance her own learning about culture and inclusion, including Governors' Institutes on Culturally Responsive Programming and Engagement, "What's Culture Got to Do with It? The Importance of Understanding Diverse Populations," Supporting Cultural Competence Community of Learning through the PA Key, and Bridges to Cultural Competence through YWCA Lancaster. During her first ten years working with YWCA York, Ms. Martin led the Racial Justice work of the organization, including the management of the Racial Justice Committee, film series, and other community events around the topics of race and inclusion. Ruby also teaches several courses at HACC, including Culture and Families, and led a PA Statewide Training for PQAS Instructors on how to incorporate inclusion and anti-bias work into every training they present. Ruby led "Annie E. Casey Foundation's Race Matters: Supporting Conversations about Race and Culture with Young Children" for more than ten years and is versed in the implementation of Anti-Bias Education and Equity as a pedagogy since 1993. Currently the chair of PACCA's Board of Directors, Ruby is passionate about developing diverse communities in every level of leadership.