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ERIC Number: ED437174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Our Families, Our Children: The Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force Report on Quality Child Care.
Dispenza, Mary
The Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force documented anecdotal evidence of homophobia in child care and school age communities, including: (1) refusal to accept children from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families into child care; (2) biased attitudes expressed to children when they speak about their families; and (3) demonstrated lack of understanding of the unique issues that children and LGBT families face on a day-to-day basis even when biased attitudes are not expressed or may not exist. Adopting an Appreciative Inquiry methodology, the Task Force undertook a study to identify the best of what is currently happening in child care for LGBT parents and children, to envision what might be in the future, to foster dialogue about what should be, and to develop provocative propositions for shaping the most positive future imaginable for child care that supports LGBT families. The topics explored were school climate/environment, curriculum, resources, staff training, parent information, policies/procedures, parent involvement, "out" role models, anti-bias philosophy, and leadership. Appreciative interviews were conducted with LGBT parents/guardians and child care providers. One hundred sixty-seven stories were transcribed documenting the best that currently exists in child care for LGBT parents and children. Thirteen stories appear in this report. Peer researchers and participants at a Community Summit and at the 1998 WAEYC (Washington Association for the Education of Young Children) Conference read all the stories and identified compelling forces and elements that created the positive aspects of the stories. These elements were clustered into five core themes: provider staff awareness and enlightenment; family pride and self pride; non-discrimination policies, procedures, and practices; curriculum and environment which reflect and affirm all families and cultures; and communication that builds understanding. Participants stretched and expanded these themes by imagining the best possible world of child care for LGBT parents and children and discussed provocative propositions. (Appendices contain study materials, resources, and 14 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: City of Seattle Comprehensive Child Care Program, WA.; King County Child Care Program, Seattle, WA.
Authoring Institution: Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force, Seattle, WA.