What families and young children experience prior to resettlement in the US is often misunderstood or misrepresented by the media. Please join as we hear from Pamoja Early Childhood Workforce Program and early childhood educators who have experienced resettlement. Learn about the assets these families bring to communities and the workforce, as well as what they want systems to know about their experiences.
- Rasha Al-Shakhshir
- Soad Altaai, Pamoja Early Childhood Workforce Program
- Emtinan Bussairi, M.Ed, Pamoja Early Childhood Workforce Program
- Fateme Jafair, Pamoja Early Childhood Workforce Program
- Deborah Young, Pamoja Early Childhood Workforce Program
As the war in Ukraine perseveres, its adverse effects on a nation of children become more deeply rooted. And we are reminded that Ukrainian children, many of whom have been forced to flee with their families, are not the first to suffer this fate. In 2020, half of the 34 million refugees and asylum seekers forcibly displaced from their own countries were children. But upon arrival to this country, many refugees of color are soon faced with the additional burdens of inequitable, racist, and anti-Black immigration/refugee policies, and they realize this country may not provide the solution to their problems.
The BUILD Initiative will present a webinar series featuring the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), Civitas Strategies, University of California San Francisco, Pamoja Early Childhood Workforce Program (Empowering Communities Global), and other experts in the field, including refugees, exploring: 1) how racism continues to traumatize immigrants and refugees, and 2) strategies that build on refugee and immigrant strength and resilience.
The series will illuminate:
The history of racism and anti-Blackness in US immigration and refugee policies and how these continue to impact families and young children.
The strength, resilience, and assets refugee children and families bring to communities.
The trauma created by situations in immigrant and refugee countries of origin, the resettlement process, and US attitudes toward immigrants and refugees.
Refugee families’ wants and needs from early childhood systems.
Strategies and approaches early childhood systems and programs can implement to support refugee families and young children.
Other Topics in the Series
Future webinars in the series will focus on informed response to refugee trauma; early care and education programs and systems supporting refugee families and children; and policy and fiscal supports for refugee families and children.
We Hope You Will Join Us
The director of SOS Children’s Villages in Ukraine has noted that as the war persists, it is leaving a “traumatized generation” as a legacy. Join us for this webinar series as we recognize the generations of refugees who have arrived here, including those who have endured and continue to endure racism, and we discuss how we can intervene in an equitable, community-building, and anti-racist way on behalf of all immigrant and refugee children and families.
Home-Based Child Care: Embedding Wellness in HBCC Systems through Strengthening HBCC Networks: An Evidence-Based Framework for High Quality (Benchmarks)
Archived Webinar September 21, 2023
This recording and slide deck are from the September 19, 2023 Home-Based Child Care Webinar.
Report August 29, 2023
A robust early childhood care and education workforce is at the heart of any solution to stabilize the child care sector, and adequate compensation is pivotal to that end. That reality comes through in the PDG B-5 grant applications; many states demonstrate a keen focus on supporting workforce compensation. This brief explores and synthesizes the strategies to increase compensation that states proposed in their PDG B-5 grant applications.
Report August 17, 2023
As the number of young multilingual learners— children who speak language(s) other than English—increases throughout the country, the focus on supporting language development, rooted in diverse cultural, linguistic, and developmentally appropriate practices, becomes a critical component of the early childhood care and education (ECCE) system.