This post is a brief recognition of National Day of Mourning.
On this Thanksgiving holiday, we would be remiss not to mention National Day of Mourning. Thanksgiving has been celebrated and taught to school children as the origin story of what would later become the United States, but for many Native Americans, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the slaughter of millions of Indigenous people and the theft of their lands by outsiders.
National Day of Mourning is an ongoing reminder of the democide and suffering of Native American people. One of the goals of this observance is the education of the general public about the real history of Thanksgiving. By learning about history, donating your time and money, joining social justice advocacy groups, and supporting Native American owned businesses, you can help make this time more inclusive, both this year and in the future.
Learn more about the National Day of Mourning on the UAINE website.
No matter what expression of this time you and your family share, we hope you enjoy a relaxing and reflective holiday.
BUILD thanks its fiscal sponsor, TSNE MissionWorks, for its acknowledgement of National Day of Mourning.
Blog January 31, 2023
BUILD recently interviewed five parent leaders about their experience in parent coalitions. In addition to reminding us of the need to address implicit bias on behalf of all families and children, they provided their thoughts on ways to ensure the coalitions fulfill their purpose and best meet the needs of families, and whether there’s room for improvement in the way they function. Here’s what they told us.
Archived Meeting Resources January 31, 2023
States are making significant advancements in their quality improvement systems (QIS) as they look for solutions to widen the aperture and fully embrace a mixed-delivery system that will best serve children, families, and the early care and education workforce. To achieve this, QIS policies need to become more flexible and create different pathways to quality, including a variety of established, high-quality delivery models. In this session participants heard how Montessori programs are working with state leaders from Illinois, Michigan, and Washington to be part of the QIS.
Blog January 18, 2023
Under 3 DC Coalition members Sia Barbara Ferguson Kamara, LaDon Love, and Kim Perry contributed to this blog.