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Black Lives Matter

NOD Preschool is deeply saddened by the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis and countless other Black people across our country. These people were fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. As a preschool our hearts ache knowing families anywhere are being torn apart. We know it is the duty of all of us to unlearn and undo the systemic racism, brought to our shores in 1619, that led to these murders. We know that it is never too early to teach our children to be anti-racist. Tacoma is a diverse community and at NOD we strive to create a space inclusive to all children and families. NOD Co-op operates under the umbrella of Bates Technical College including their Non-Discrimination Policy. Everyone working in our classrooms and volunteering at our events is responsible for understanding and complying with this policy.

Non-Discrimination Policy

“Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff.  Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations.

All Bates College faculty, staff, students, contractors, consultants, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.”

 

We would also like to share this recent message from Keri Krout, President of the Washington Association of the Education of Young Children.

“My heart is heavy. As I write this, COVID-19 is still present in my county and country, people seem to be at their breaking point on so many levels, Minnesota is burning, and another man of color, George Floyd was murdered. George Floyd’s children are now fatherless. His daughter is just 6 years old. If you were this child’s teacher, what would you say and do right now? Death is difficult for any child, and adults for that matter. But murder? For being Black? At the hands of officers who swore to protect? Left with video footage of your father’s murder? How can we help children not to become bitter while we are gagging on bitterness ourselves? I am so very sorry for the Floyd family and for families and children everywhere right now. And yet, I know my sorrow is empty if it isn’t followed through with action. There is so much to be done and taught and re-taught.

It is times like this where we can all go back into the “why” we have chosen to do the work we do. We work with children. We chose this work. Some of us will say the work chose us. We must teach with love, equity, and empathy every minute of our day. We must teach our children that it is okay to show emotions, to be compassionate AND it is not okay to hurt people with our words or our actions. Can we teach and model equity and empathy in a country of ranting tweets, officers who murder, and buildings being burned? Yes! We must use these situations today in order to break the cycle of inequities for tomorrow.

So my friends, I leave you with this. Advocacy and equity in education begins with each of us. It shows up in the words and actions we use each day in the classroom, in our programs, in the community we live. It shows up in the conversations and the injustices we choose to ignore or turn our backs to. I challenge you to make a list of what you will say and do from now on in your classroom. Post that list somewhere where you see it daily. Be accountable to yourself, your classroom and to this world, a world where we desperately need action and accountability the most. Turn this time of so much uncertainty and ugliness into a time where you dug in your heels, stood tall and said, “enough!” Let’s make our legacy one of love and acceptance – one of action.

Take care,
Keri Krout, President Elect of #WAEYC

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