Program Profile: YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown Children’s Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
At the YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown Children’s Center, a curriculum with an anti-bias component helps children develop positive attitudes about their own identity and the differences in others.
Family Engagement Program Practices
Family Participation in Decision Making
Family Participation in Program-Level Decision Making
The YWCA supports the needs of the diverse community it serves. Ziesmer observes, “Because the families most affected by decreased state funding for child care assistance are often low-income families, single-parent families, families of color, or immigrant families, there are numerous barriers to becoming effective political advocates. The YWCA is uniquely positioned to support families in overcoming barriers and voicing their concerns about the accessibility of quality early education. With our support, the families most affected talk to elected officials about the impact cuts have in their lives and the lives of their children.”
A Comprehensive Program-Level System
Interactions with and about families show respect for and approval of families’ backgrounds, differing childrearing practices, customs, and family configurations. For example,
These efforts have an impact on children and families. One parent reports, “I love the diversity of both the staff and families. I look forward to the daily notes, newsletters, and monthly room calendars. I feel like the staff has created a real community. The teachers in many rooms know all the kids. The front desk staff knows the kids and families and looks genuinely happy to see us each morning. We love the program and are happy that we are all a part of a great community.”
Developed for NAEYC's Engaging Diverse Families Project through a generous grant from the Picower Foundation.