Grandpals, for example, is an ongoing project at Red River ELC. Intergenerational programming allows children to interact with elders and brings so much joy to our senior friends. We learn so much when we interact with our friends at the seniors home;
- History and stories
- Communication and social-emotional skills
- Positive attitudes towards aging
Lesley and I also had an opportunity to collaborate on Pride program planning in June when we invited Ms. Drew (Bradley, an amazing local drag queen) to share stories with our little ones. Inclusion and belonging are very important elements in both of our learning environments, so we were thrilled about implementing Drag Queen Story Time.
Home child care providers are not allowed to visit in each others homes during program hours as there are specific regulations that limit the number of children in a home child care program regardless of the number of educators on site, so we needed to connect with our local librarians and set up the use of the library's community room.
This gave us enough extra space to invite an additional child care program as well as past clients to join us! It was such an exciting visit! Ms. Drew read us two stories about inclusion and different family structures.
I'm glad that we were able to work together bring this amazing experience to life for the children in our programs. Empathy, acceptance and love for one another are such important things for little humans to see reinforced by their educators.
Collaboration with other professionals in Early Childhood Education as well as other professions has brought fresh ideas in to the program at Red River ELC. I really can't wait to continue to branch out and explore other opportunities to develop partnerships in our community!