Little Chairs Big Differences

2018-2019 theme: Brave and Creative

Little Chairs Big Differences is thrilled to invite you to join us for one of two community gatherings during this year's Week of the Young Child (April 8-12.) for what we are calling the Week of the Whole Teacher.

Image from Center for Anti-Violence Education

Image from Center for Anti-Violence Education

Empowerment Self-Defense for Early Childhood Caregivers

with Center for Anti-Violence Education

Saturday, April 13, 10am-1pm

Co-hosted with the Center for Anti-Violence Education, please join us for this FREE self-care event in a new series we are calling The Week of the Whole Teacher.

This 3-hour interactive workshop will be an empowerment self-defense training for Early Childhood caregivers of all kinds. Workshop participants will learn a range of physical, verbal and emotional techniques, prevention strategies, and skills that include de-escalation and boundary setting. All CAE workshops are sensitive to the needs of survivors, and this particular workshop will be tailored to our community of caregivers.

It will be a time to come together, to feel, to unwind, and to nourish ourselves in community.

**Please arrive ready to move your body: wear comfortable shoes and clothing. PLEASE NOTE this class is accessible to all body types and abilities. The library facility has wheelchair and walker access.**

Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you!


Where: Brooklyn Public Library-Central Branch--Trustees Room

When: Saturday, April 13, 10am-1pm

Who: All early childhood caregivers. **PLEASE NOTE this FREE workshop is limited to 20 people!**

For more info on Center for Anti-Violence Education, visit their website here.

For more info on Little Chairs Big Differences, visit our website here.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Image from Hunter College

Image from Hunter College

Teaching As Activism: On the Rights of Young Learners and Our Responsibility as Educators (Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning)

with Hunter College

Thu, Apr 11 5:00pm-7:00pm


Location: Faculty Dining Room – 8th Floor 695 Park Ave. 
NEW YORK, NY 10128 United States + Google Map

Description: Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning – The 2019 Elise C. Tepper Education Fellow – will be facilitating her second interactive keynote on April 11, 2019. The title of her talk is Teaching As Activism: On the Rights of Young Learners and Our Responsibility as Educators.

The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and goes to 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Hunter College 68th Street Campus, West Building, 8th Floor Faculty Dining Room

About Dr. Souto-Manning

Dr. Souto-Manning is a Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. From a critical perspective, Professor Souto-Manning’s research examines inequities and injustices in early childhood teaching and teacher education, (re)centering methodologies and pedagogies on the lives, values, and experiences of intersectionally minoritized people of color.

Dr. Souto-Manning will deliver a keynote address. Following her talk, audience members will have the opportunity to engage in roundtable discussions to share ideas and build alliances to promote equity and justice work in educational and community settings.



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About Us

Little Chairs Big Differences was founded in 2013 by The Maple Street School, a small co-op preschool in Brooklyn, with the collaboration of Wendy Cole, Martha Haakmat, and Takiema Bunche-Smith.  LCBD hosts a variety of events (workshops, panel discussions, celebrations...) and one major yearly conference that offer action-based and social justice-minded resources, support, professional learning, and community connection for those who work with young children.

As early childhood educators we are fundamentally involved in raising awareness and challenging perceptions and accepted norms for the youngest learners and those who work with them, yet we are often left out of larger conversations about identity and intersectionality. Through gatherings and events, Little Chairs Big Differences aims to create space for a means of both celebrating and going deeper into this work, broadening our understanding, and being more action-oriented toward creating a more just society and world.

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