Conscious Parenting: Teaching Young Children Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

MPCP hosted a three part, anti-bias speaker series in an effort to provide a forum for education and discussion for parents of young children as well as anyone hoping to better understand or advocate for members of their community.

  • WHEN: February, March and April (see below for date/time details)
  • WHO: This series is open to anyone interested in the topics being covered.
  • WHERE: Zoom Video Conferencing

Gender Identity and Inclusion

February 6, 2021 @ 4:30 pm (CONCLUDED)

Jo Langford, M.A.

Master’s-level therapist and sex educator for tweens, teens and parents

When it comes to gender identity and sexual orientation, ideas about what it means to be a girl or a boy are everywhere, and these ideas have a big influence on our preschoolers. Jo Langford is coming to share with our community: how teach our kids that their gender doesn’t limit them; how to talk about different kinds of families; and best practices for parents of kids who are (or could be LGBTQ).

Book published by Jo Langford: The Pride Guide

Related resource for families interested in this topic:

The Trevor Project – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

To contact The Trevor Project, visit or call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

If you wish to support LGBTQ Youth and The Trevor Project, please join us in fundraising! Donate Now!

Say “Yes!” to Kids with Disabilities: Stories and Strategies for Including All Kids

March 6, 2021 @ 4:30 pm (CONCLUDED)

Hannah Gallagher, M.Ed. 

Inclusive Programs Director and Preschool Teacher, Seattle Children’s PlayGarden

All children have the right to play. Yet, far too often children with disabilities are excluded from life-enriching activities such as participation in preschool programs, summer camps and extracurriculars. This interactive session led by Hannah Gallagher, the Inclusive Programs Director at the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, is designed to help parents, teachers, and administrators reduce the stigma, isolation and marginalization of people with disabilities in our community.

Together, we will take a dive deep into the PlayGarden’s fully inclusive nature-based preschool program.  We will explore inclusion challenges and success stories as they relate to a preschool setting and beyond. We will examine our individual and collective beliefs, attitudes and hidden biases about disability and talk through ways to shift those attitudes to be more inclusive of ALL children. 

Every participant will also be given access to the PlayGarden’s new inclusion toolkit titled,  Say “Yes!” to Kids with Disabilities: Stories and Strategies for Including ALL Kids and access to our brand NEW book, Inclusive Preschool Through the Seasons: Lessons and Stories from 10 years of Nature-Based Preschool.

Hannah is a community-based environmental educator from Seattle, WA. She has a graduate certificate in Education for Environment and Community from IslandWood, her Master’s degree in Education and non-profit management from the University of Washington.   Hannah has worked with children with and without disabilities in outdoor play for the last fifteen years at the PlayGarden.  To learn more about Hannah you can visit her website.

Seattle Children’s Playgarden
The PlayGarden’s mission is to provide children of all abilities a safe, accessible and adventurous place to play.

To participate in the playGarden programs, visit their site to learn more. The PlayGarden gives children the opportunity to take risks, conquer fears, play uninterrupted and experience the thrill of the outdoors in our three main programs: Summer Camp, Preschool and Open Play.

To support the work of the Seattle Children’s Playgarden, Donate Now.

Conversations with Children: Let’s Talk About Race and Racism

(Mandatory for MPCP Families)

April 3, 2021 @ 4:30 pm (CONCLUDED)

Jamie Cho, Ph.D.

Parent educator at two Seattle-based cooperative preschools

Jamie Cho is a parent educator at two cooperative preschools through Seattle Central College and Bellevue College. She holds a Ph.D. in special education from U.C. Berkeley and her research has focused on cultural beliefs around parenting. Jamie has worked previously as an early interventionist with young children with autism spectrum disorders as well as served as an educational researcher at UCLA and teacher educator at California State Universities. She lives in Bellevue WA with her husband and three children, ages 12, 10 and 7. 

This conversation will center race and how to talk with children and answer their questions about racial differences and racism. Children’s understanding of racial categories develop early and are influenced by the narratives offered by the adults in their lives. It is vital that adults are having conversations with children as they try to make sense of what they are observing in their family, neighborhoods, schools, and communities. Through these conversations, families have the power to raise a generation of critical thinkers who strive for social justice and equity.

Related resource for families interested in this topic:

Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) is a non-profit organization that is connecting parents to build a loving community of families of color. Founded in 2013, FOCS is led by mothers of color. Their programs include parent groups, community resources and events, and racial equity consulting. FOCS specializes in community dialogues, workshops, and consulting on race, family engagement, and anti-bias education. They equip parents and educators with tools to talk with children on identity, racism, inclusion & equity, and trauma-informed practices.
For more information, FOCS provides this Resource List for Families on Racism, Police Violence, and Black Lives Matter:

If you are interested in FOCS Parent Groups, use this link:

If you would like to support FOCS, please Donate Now!

Related Resources

Book List for Young Kids

  • Be Who You Are!
  • I am Jazz
  • I’m Not a Girl
  • Jack (Not Jackie)
  • My Rainbow
  • The Call me Mix/Me Llaman Maestre
  • This Day in June
  • When Aidan Became a Brother
  • Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship
  • The Sissy Duckling
  • Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
  • In Our Mothers’ House
  • Jacob’s New Dress
  • King & King
  • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
  • One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dads, Blue Dads
  • Asha’s Mums
  • The Different Dragon
  • Emma and Meesha my boy: a two mom story

Early Chapter Books

  • Gracefully Grayson 
  • George
  • The Moon Within 
  • The Pants Project
  • Books for Parents
  • The Pride Guide
  • Gender Born, Gender Made

We hope you’ll join us!