ABSTRACT

This chapter begins by introducing a core principle, create environments that reinforce messages of safety and predictability. The authors describe different aspects of safety to create in the workplace including intellectual safety, emotional/psychological safety, social safety and physical safety. They describe the difference between real safety versus felt safety and introduce several recommendations that early childhood leaders can act upon to reinforce messages of safety and predictability for children, families and staff. Next, the core principle, focus on strengths and assets is introduced. The importance of disrupting deficit thinking and a deficit approach is discussed along with examples that highlight how deficit thinking shows up in organizational environments. The concept of community cultural wealth is described and readers learn many ways they can look for sources of community wealth and assets in their staff and the children and families they serve. The chapter then turns to a discussion of what it looks like to provide effective strengths-based feedback in the workplace. This chapter ends with a discussion of another core principle, the importance of providing opportunities for agency and control for children and adults. The final section provides early childhood leaders with strategies for decreasing power differentials during interactions and communication.