Welcome to the latest edition of the Council for Professional Recognition’s CounciLINK newsletter.
In this issue, we want to shine a spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month and the Council’s ongoing dedication to diversity and inclusion in the field of early care and education.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct.15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American residents whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.
Even on our own staff, we celebrate diversity; we currently have about a dozen employees with roots in locales as diverse as Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Peru. And, the most important thing? We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month but, for 30 years, we’ve offered our credential in all languages, reaching out to all communities—from a remote Alaskan village to an urban neighborhood in New York.
As you peruse this issue, you’ll also see where our Partnerships and Multicultural and Special Programs Teams are hard at work nailing down collaborative agreements with ECE professionals in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
And, to accommodate our Spanish-speaking stakeholders, we are also translating more and more of our website pages into Spanish and sponsoring Spanish-language CDA webinars.
All in all, while we appreciate the accomplishments of our Hispanic friends and family, our commitment to diversity and inclusion extend to all months on the calendar.
Que tengas un gran día!
Valora Washington, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Join the Council in Dallas for NAEYC 2014
The Council for Professional Recognition is also releasing a white paper on the value of diversity at the at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Nov. 5 through Nov. 8 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Entitled Diversity and Inclusion in Early Care and Education, the paper will examine how changing demographics call for a greater tolerance and understanding of varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The release of this paper comes on the heels of the July 2014 white paper, Why CDA? A Focus on Competency.
In addition, the Council is a silver sponsor for Grandes Comienzos, Futuros Brillantes (Great Beginnings, Bright Futures), a new initiative at the NAEYC conference whose home language is Spanish have opportunities to participate in high-quality programs—across the Americas.
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