Megan Pamela Ruth Madison (she, her) is an early childhood trainer, scholar, and activist based in New York City. She began her career working as an assistant in a Waldorf elementary school. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in studies in religion, Megan went on to become a lead teacher in a Head Start preschool classroom in Chicago. Now, as a doctoral candidate, she works part-time facilitating anti-oppression workshops for teachers and families.
Megan recently completed a term on the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (or NAEYC) after several years serving as a co-facilitator of the association’s Diversity & Equity Interest Forum. In that role, she worked to organize early childhood professionals around the country who are passionate about social justice. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from Dominican University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. Her dissertation research examines the impact of “colorblind” policymaking on the racial diversity and equity of the early care and education teaching workforce.
Megan lives in Harlem (traditional, unceded land of the Lenape people*), walking distance from her best friend, ex-husband, and fellow educator, Ruben Brosbe. Together with their extended family and community, they love reading, eating ice cream, and organizing with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (or JFREJ).
*to learn more, visit: mannahattafund.org
Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race
Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.
Developed by experts in the fields of early childhood and activism against injustice, this topic-driven board book offers clear, concrete language and beautiful imagery that young children can grasp and adults can leverage for further discussion.
While young children are avid observers and questioners of their world, adults often shut down or postpone conversations on complicated topics because it’s hard to know where to begin. Research shows that talking about issues like race and gender from the age of two not only helps children understand what they see, but also increases self-awareness, self-esteem, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair, like discrimination and prejudice.
This first book in the series begins the conversation on race, with a supportive approach that considers both the child and the adult. Stunning art accompanies the simple and interactive text, and the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion.