Our goal is to empower children to speak up, take risks and have the courage to learn. We aim to build deep, healthy relationships with African American families, and enable them to foster connection and communication with their young children.
Culturally-inclusive & responsive
A core part of our programming is to host peer-to-peer workshops to educate childcare providers to use resources to create a culturally-proficient, diverse and inclusive learning environment where African American students feel celebrated and proud.
Even micro instances of anti-Black racism can cause toxic stress in African American children. AACE is focused on training childcare providers to respond proactively to the effects race-based traumas, and know where to find resources/ and support when they cannot.
Non-punitive learning techniques
African American children are disproportionally sent out of the classroom for punishment, arrested or assaulted by law enforcement which is unfair and unacceptable. AACE is committed to helping childcare providers recognize signs of discrimination and create non-punitive learning environments.