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  • ANNUAL MEETING with a new focus

    Our group's meeting will be Friday, November 22 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Acoustic Room of the Omni Nashville.

    We've been a bit out of touch. Please come to the meeting to offer ideas and help to plan for the support we need to meet your needs.

    Of special note is that our At-Risk & Special Needs Interest Forum is among those participating in a full day of discussion and training as part of the Equity & Social Justice Leadership Academy, a part of the mid September debut of NAEYC'S newest position statement: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood. Here is a link: naeyc.org/equity. This will be a highlight of our annual meeting this year. Our representatives are Andrew Goff and Mary Wonderlick.

    Here, also, is a link to the NAEYC DEC Joint Position Statement on Inclusion. https://npdci.fpg.unc.edu/sites/npdci.fpg.unc.edu/files/resources/EarlyChildhoodInclusion_0.pdf. Looking at that within the context of Advancing Equity in Early Childhood may help to formulate our next steps as an Interest Forum. Meeting the needs of youngsters with disabilities has always been an issue of equity. The original Federal Legislation (1974) requiring schools to provide services for those ages birth to 21 was an outgrowth of the Civil Rights movement.
                    The focus of the Interest Forum Equity & Social Justice Leadership Academy will be developing equity and social justice leaders within Interest Forums.
                    Interest Forums are influential in the lives of individual early childhood professionals from the practice of teachers as they move across the classroom curriculum to local and state advocacy work to the development of consulting networks.  The centering of equity and social justice perspectives within the forums is a key way to bring large swaths of the field into contact with the vital and necessary work of social justice and equity.

    Hoping to see you in Nashville Friday evening. On your way in, stop to get yourself a bit of liquid refreshment. Bring a friend or a few friends.

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Our Interest Forum was formed in 2004 to promote communication and networking among our early childhood community-at-large in order to provide a positive approach to working in partnership with families to support the development of young children who are at-risk or who have special needs & to meet currently unmet needs of members who are experiencing increased involvement with children who are at-risk and children identified with special needs.