51 episodes

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 male early childhood educators of color. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/napcast206/support

Napcast Michael S Browne

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

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 male early childhood educators of color. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/napcast206/support

    Napcast Ep48 - Joy and Healing Through Male Engagement

    Napcast Ep48 - Joy and Healing Through Male Engagement

    When we (un)intentionally push fathers and father-like figures to the side, we fail to recognize the impact that male figures have on a child’s life. It means we ignore the contributions and life lessons being taught in the shop as our barber cuts our hair. It means we ignore the lessons we learn about brotherhood after we see the older boys in the hood stand up for you after a bully knocks us down. It means that we don't matter. In order to disrupt the hurtful and false narrative of the absent father, we must take a look at what joy and healing looks like for male engagement. Join us as we discuss the false narratives that influence males participation in the lives of young children and work to reclaim our roles as loving, caring, and compassionate fathers, father-like figures, community members, educators, and males.

    Interested in bringing Nick and Mike to your community? Got an idea for an episode? Have some comments? Email us at napcast206.com and let’s talk! 


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    • 38 min
    Napcast Ep47 - Teaching US History To Young Children

    Napcast Ep47 - Teaching US History To Young Children

    Raise a hand if you’ve been asked by a preschooler, what’s a colonizer? No? Just us? Well, in this episode we talk about how we can teach US history to young children that isn’t whitewashed or appropriated. Using the truth to share valuable lessons, introduce unique new concepts and lay a foundation for further learning exploration, we share a story of how we used place based learning strategies to not bring shame to people but to Indigenous our curriculum. Join Nick and Mike as we kick off a brand new season of Napcast in with a bang! Got an idea for an episode? Have some comments? Or you want to be featured in one? Email us at napcast206.com and let’s talk! 


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    • 35 min
    Napcast Ep46 - Why Won't They Eat?

    Napcast Ep46 - Why Won't They Eat?

    You'll sit there until you finish your food. Raise your hand if you ever heard that before. As you may know, getting children to eat can sometimes be a difficult task. But before you go to war with them to get them to clear their plate, have you ever stopped and wondered why they have a preferred taste? In this episode, we chat about how and why it could be more than just them being a picky eater. We explore the cultural-social-spiritual reasons why children might not have a healthy relationship with food and ways we can counteract that. If you're in need of some nourishment, you've come to the right place. Join us as we nourish our minds, bodies, and souls to help restore children's relationship with their foods and customs. *Interested in learning more about this from Nick and Mike? Reach out to napcast206@gmail.com to inquire about their workshop titled "Nourishing Our Spirits, Feeding Our Souls"*



    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 44 min
    Napcast Ep45 - Toddler and Preschool-Readiness

    Napcast Ep45 - Toddler and Preschool-Readiness

    Kindergarten Readiness. The term we all hold so dear. But instead of focusing on the future, how about we focus on the here and now? Have you ever wondered what does toddler-readiness look like? What about preschool-readiness? In this episode we chat about what we hope infant educators do to make young children ready for the terrific twos and what toddler educators would do to make them ready for preschool. Join us as we wonder, think, and play as we develop and learn how to best support each other and the children in our lives.



    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com




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    • 37 min
    Napcast Ep44 - Talking Justice Without Saying The Word Justice

    Napcast Ep44 - Talking Justice Without Saying The Word Justice

    In some states, regions, and programs, the word "equity" and "justice" are not allowed. So, how can you talk about concepts of fairness, justice, and equity without jeopardizing your job? Inspired by Dr. Barbara Cooper's decision to step down as Secretary of Education in Alabama rather than change her beliefs about teaching for justice, Nick and Mike speculate about how early childhood educators can talk about gender, environmental, and immigration justice with young children without saying the word justice. Join us as we continue to evolve as reflective, social-justice educators.

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com




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    • 44 min
    Napcast Ep43 - Listening To The Heartbeat Of Water

    Napcast Ep43 - Listening To The Heartbeat Of Water

    What role does water play in your life? In today's episode, Nick and Mike talk about the role that water plays in our lives as BIPOCs (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and as early childhood educators. We talk about our relationship with water, the ways water can restore us, the various ways children interact it with, and the important role it has in all of our lives. Join us as we listen to the heartbeat of water.

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Aleksyte ,

Authentic Self

Mike and Nick, thank you so much for the work you do with young children. I loved your thoughts about our authentic selves in the work setting—after all, not many grownups appreciate our individual vibes the way kids do! For anyone reading this review; having diverse voices in our field is VITAL and needs to be supported. So, subscribe, download, listen, review, and spread the work about Napcast.

Maciemooney22 ,

thoughtful and helpful!

Thank you Nick and Mike for your thoughtfulness and reflection in early childhood education. I love the dynamic you both have together and the way you bring forward who YOU are. This podcast is such a great resource for educators, thank you for your work!!

NiniWhite45 ,

These men are GOLD in the ECE world

These men share more than experiences and insights about educating young children… they share from the male perspective, which is all too rare. AND they’re men of color (BIPOC). One more thing, they’re highly educated, so their approach with kids is always well-informed. So much wish my sons could have been in their classes!

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