Presented by Hilltop Educator Institute

Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two males of color. 

Meet the Hosts

Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. 

Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. 

Episode 1

Finding Strength Amidst COVID19
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In this episode, we discuss self-care for ourselves as adults, ways to stay connected to the kids you serve, and what we have done to distill down big information to young children about big, scary topics and more. Join us for our inaugural episode!

Special Episode #1

Is America Anti-Black?
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With Amir working with the leaders of today and with Nick and Mike working with the generation of tomorrow, this episode gives you insight from 3 male educators of color on how we can all resist, innovate, and advocate for Black lives. Explicit language Inside. 

Episode 6

Role of the Educator
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We play a specific role in the life of a child. We’re co-constructors, researchers, advocates, and documenters. How does these roles allow us to be an active participant in support children? Listen in to find out more! (We advise you to listen to Ep5 before Ep6)

Episode 9

Nuestros Niños, Nuestro Futuro
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“Speak English.” “Sound white.” “Sssh, don’t mention you’re Mexican.” These are the things parents are teaching their kids today. How do we break this stigma and support children’ to speak their native tongue? In this episode, we’re joined by Veronica to discuss being a Latinx in ECE today. This episode is done in both English and Spanish. 

Episode 2

Deathmetal & Toddlers
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We invite children to be vulnerable but what about us? What about our identities? How do we give ourselves space, grace, and room to be our authentic selves? And also… What’s the connection between deathmetal and toddlers? 

Episode 4

We’re More Than Just Educators
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We’re researchers when we observe. Party planners when we introduce new cultures and celebrations into the classrooms. Activists when we challenge each other’s biases. And so much more! On paper it might say educator but we’re so much more…

Episode 7

Role of the Family
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How are you cultivating and fostering a rapport with families? How are you best supporting BIPOC families? Do your families trust you? We don’t have all the answers but we have a lot of thoughts! (We advise you to listen to Ep5 and 6 before Ep7)

Episode 3

La Revolución
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At Hilltop, we’re empowering young learners to fundamentally change the way we govern, lead, and live in community. Sounds radical? Well yeah! Education and learning should be. Join us as we discuss social activism in young children. 

Episode 5

Image of the Child
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If children are part of society, why don’t we consider them as active citizens with rights, as contributing members to their families, to their community? In Ep5 we discuss why we believe all children are capable, confident, and competent…

Episode 8

I Got it From My Mama
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In this episode, Mike sits down with his mama to discuss her experience as a Family Childcare Home provider, the struggles she saw, her hopes for the industry moving forward, and why she believed her son followed down the path of childcare as well.

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