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Gender Development and Identity in Young Children: The Role of the Early Childhood Professional


Event Description

Participants will understand their role as Early Childhood Professionals in helping families and children during stages of gender development and identity. Participants will review theories of gender development, the stages of gender development, and how to provide support to children, as they explore their gender choices. Participants will understand that this is a time for children’s exploration, and children have many questions about who is a boy and who is a girl, which is developmentally appropriate. Participants will receive information to share with families, which will help them through this stage of development.


Sessions / Training Location Info

on line zoom training


Session Being Hosted At:
Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development - 19910 Malvern Road Shaker Heights 44122 Cuyahoga (directions)

Instructor(s)

Pamela Millar

Event Information

Contact Hours 3.00
Training approved for OA-L2
Registration deadline Jun 19, 2020
Number of open seats 19
Event Owner Hanna Perkins (ps)
Sponsor Phone (216)991-4472

Topic Areas

Target Audience Classroom Staff / Teacher,Staff working with children with special needs,Program Administrator,Family Child Care,Parents/guardians
Age Groups related to content Infants,Toddlers,Preschoolers,Schoolagers,Families / Guardians,Instructor / TA Specialists
Core Knowledge Area N/A
Child Development Associate Area Principles of growth and development
Early Learning and Development Standards Social-Emotional Development
Approaches Toward Learning
Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
Assessment Type None

Objectives

Objective:

Participants will understand that even though there are many theories of how we develop gender, the common belief among the theories, is that early childhood (0-5 yrs) is a time to explore all opportunities and gain experiences and knowledge.

 
Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
 
Area: Child Growth and Development
 
Subgroup: Developmental Process
 
Competency: 2.4 Applies knowledge of age and individually appropriate norms to establish appropriate expectations for children.
Objective:

Participants will become aware that young children are diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria (GD) usually in middle childhood (ages 6-12). In early childhood (ages 0-5) development, it is developmentally appropriate to explore gender identities, ask questions, and wonder "why" boys are boys, and girls are girls. Early childhood choices do not necessarily predict future sexual identity or gender identity.

 
Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
 
Area: Child Growth and Development
 
Subgroup: Developmental Process
 
Competency: 2.4 Applies knowledge of age and individually appropriate norms to establish appropriate expectations for children.
Objective:

Participants will review and discuss stages of gender development from 0-6 years of age. Participants will apply this knowledge of child development to establish appropriate expectations at each stage.

During group discussion, participants will share their experiences and observations of how children at certain stages of development express their gender identity.

 
Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
 
Area: Child Growth and Development
 
Subgroup: Developmental Process
 
Competency: 2.4 Applies knowledge of age and individually appropriate norms to establish appropriate expectations for children.
Objective:

Participants will understand their role as the "representative of reality" in a preschool classroom. Instructor will provide phrases and model ways to answer children's questions and worries about non-compliant behaviors they observe in their classroom.  Participants will learn how to provide an environment that provides exploration of gender roles, fosters children's self-esteem, and affirms children’s' actions during this stage of development.

 
Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
 
Area: Child Growth and Development
 
Subgroup: Developmental Process
 
Competency: 2.4 Applies knowledge of age and individually appropriate norms to establish appropriate expectations for children.
Objective:

Participants will gain an understanding of why families need guidance in recognizing appropriate developmental expectations in the young child. Instructor will provide participants with phrases and ways to model appropriate interaction when children have questions about others' non-conforming behaviors. Participants will get resources (book titles) to share with families. Participants will share community resources that can help families when they have more questions or concerns.

 
Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
 
Area: Family and Community Relations
 
Subgroup: Valuing Families
 
Competency: 3.2 Ensures families are equal partners in the decision-making process and that the program values families in a non-judgmental way.
Objective:

Participants will understand their role as an Early Childhood Professional when working with families and children. Participants will learn how to answer questions from families and children about others' non-compliant behaviors, in a non-judgemental way, keeping personal beliefs and feelings to themselves. Participants will feel comfortable in their role to helping children explore different gender roles and gain a "love of learning".

 
Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
 
Area: Professionalism
 
Subgroup: Professionalism in Practice
 
Competency: 3.1 Routinely reflects and evaluates the experiences and interactions that are planned to ensure they help children reach their potential including their interaction with families regarding children's goals for learning and development.
Objective:

Participants will problem solve and share what they have learned by reviewing a scenario and answering questions, using the phrases, words, and professional behaviors provided during the training.

 
Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
 
Area: Professionalism
 
Subgroup: Professionalism in Practice
 
Competency: 1.2 Views one's self as a professional and demonstrates professional work habits including confidentiality, respect for all people, dependability, personal appearance, time management, independence and teamwork. Communicates effectively using appropriate oral and written language skills.

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