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No Place for Men? Attracting More Males to Early Childhood Education

  • City of Seattle Bertha Knight Landes Room (5th Avenue entrance) 600 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 United States (map)

Why are there so few men working in early childhood classrooms?
What are our children and families losing because of this imbalance in our workforce? What would be gained if more men were caring for young children in our schools?
Join us for a panel discussion and community conversation about attracting more males to ECE, at Seattle City Hall.

In the first hour, participants will hear from four men representing key segments of our profession (policy, management, coach, and educator) as they share their experiences and perspectives about men in ECE, in a conversation moderated by Dwane Chapelle, Director of Seattles Department of Education and Early Learning.

In hour two, participants (policy-makers, educators, coaches, program leads, directors, and university scholars) will have the opportunity to discuss strategies for building capacity of individuals and communities to make the workplace more inclusive for men and for all. Participants will walk through everyday conversations, challenges, and situations that men working in childcare programs face every day, and explore ways to support them in order to accelerate the growth of racial and gender equity in ECE.