At KinderCare Learning Center center in Morgan Hill, Calif., Center Director Maarit McCrossen and her staff strive to include all families’ unique cultures and beliefs in the center’s activities. On Monday, Maarit and her team celebrated another champion of diversity – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day helps children understand that, no matter where we are, all people should be treated equally, with respect and kindness,” she said. “We all look different on the outside, but we’re the same on the inside.”
To help the children at her center learn these valuable lessons, teachers in the preschool and pre-K classrooms read about Dr. King, listened to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and discussed the impact King has had on our society. To help bring these big ideas to life, teachers cracked open brown and white eggs to show that though two things may look different, they’re actually the same.
“The children really enjoyed the hands-on activities,” said Maarit.
Because of the diverse center environment, Maarit says she and her staff try to set the example of inclusion and acceptance in every interaction they have with one another, with children, and with parents.
“My staff fosters positive interactions and relationships with their children on a daily basis,” said Maarit.
By setting the example that everyone should be treated equally in the classroom, children learn to respect each other with respect and kindness in the center and beyond.