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ERIC Number: EJ898684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families in Early Childhood Settings
Burt, Tracy; Gelnaw, Aimee; Lesser, Lee Klinger
Young Children, v65 n1 p97-102 Jan 2010
Children's identities and sense of self are inextricably tied to their families. The experience of being welcome or unwelcome, visible or invisible begins in early childhood. The goal of early childhood professionals is to ensure that all children and their families are welcomed in early childhood settings and provided with quality care and education. Early childhood settings should recognize, value, and include every child and family they serve. The authors discuss how to create welcoming and inclusive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families in early childhood settings. They offer steps educators can take to develop an inclusive curriculum. Tips for administrators for working with LGBT families are presented. This article addresses four main points: (1) children are being harmed; (2) all educators have a responsibility to make things better for children; (3) educators can take steps and actions that will make a difference; (4) support is available for educators who want to take action. (Contains 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A