Building Our Understanding About LGBTQIA2S+ Communities Training

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023
3–4:30 p.m. ET

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Every day, Head Start directors, managers, staff, and parent leaders work to ensure that families feel welcome in their programs. Join this four-part webinar series about fostering the most accepting and inclusive Head Start and Early Head Start environments for LGBTQIA2S+ parents, families, and colleagues. LGBTQIA2S+ is an acronym for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, or additional sexual orientations and gender identities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. This series focuses on key terms, biases, and facts; program planning for Head staff; building trusting and respectful relationships; and celebrating the lived experiences of LGBTQI2AS+ parents, families, and staff.

In this first webinar, we’re establishing a common understanding of language and building a shared commitment to supporting and welcoming LGBTQIA2S+ parents, families, and staff. Facilitators provide opportunities for knowledge-building, discussion, and self-reflection. The last 30 minutes is an optional Q&A session with the facilitators.

This webinar is offered with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.

Key Topics

In this webinar, we’re discussing:

Connections between the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and engaging LGBTQIA2S+ communities

Key terms related to LGBTQIA2S+ and sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE)

Biases and facts related to LGBTQIA2S+ communities and how to build awareness through reflection


Target Audience

This webinar benefits:

Head Start and Early Head Start directors, managers, staff, and parent leaders

TTA providers

Other early childhood professionals and leaders

How to Register

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Certificates of completion are available.

Related Resources

Explore related resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) to learn more.

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Building Partnerships with Families Resource Collection

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