Early childhood educators focus on cultural exploration


Noemi Ochoa
Early Childhood Specialist
nochoa@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6134

May 1, 2018

Twenty-five early childhood educators from the Mid-Columbia and other communities attended a CGCC training in April on the topic "Examining Ways to Respectfully Explore Culture with Children."

This was organized by Child Care Partners of Columbia Gorge Community College, one of many trainings Child Care Partners offers each term.  The training was held in Spanish and presented by María Fernández, a master trainer with the Oregon Childcare Registry.

“Maria is one of several trainers we hire to assure that early learning professionals in our area receive a variety of high-quality training opportunities,” said Nancey Patten, Child Care Partners director.  “We believe that offering a variety of trainings from diverse trainers gives participants a broader perspective.”

This six-hour session on April 14 gave participants time to reflect on what culture is, why is it important, and how they can integrate children's cultures into early childhood programs.

For more information on Child Care Partners, visit www.cgcc.edu/childcare