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.
|Training approved for||
|Registration deadline||Dec 13, 2021|
|Number of open seats||29|
|Event Contact||Pamela Millar|
|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||Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Relations, Professional Development, Learning Environments and Experiences|
|Child Development Associate Area||Principles of growth and development|
|Early Learning and Development Standards||
Approaches Toward Learning
Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.