Systems and structures of empire, which include settler colonialism, racism, and patriarchy, are codified networks of relationships characterized by objectification, domination, and control. Within these systems, living beings (humans and non-humans) are used, coerced, forcibly managed, and/or disposed of as a means to an end. The massive ecological and social crises we all face are only the result of certain codified and institutionalized modes of relating to each other and to the natural world. A “just and sustainable future” lies not in technological solutions, but in a radical transformation of relationships across diverse scales of distance and time. In this way, a preschool really can participate in creating a future that we would pass down to our children with joy and confidence, because preschool is one of the first places we build and tend relationships beyond the home.
Beyond creating a safe and accessible place for children to grow, play and rest, the preschool we hope to make possible will support and sustain relationships rooted in love, care, and creativity. Relating in this way unfolds through: