The mission of The Little Maroons Childcare Cooperative is to reinforce African ideologies, culture and history through using education as a mechanism for social and political change. Using collective and community involvement with ‘IT TAKES A VILLAGE’ as our mantra. We are committed to teaching the principles of sister and brotherhood, self-discipline, self-improvement, group achievement and cultural awareness. We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment where each Black Child is encouraged to manifest their own unique spirit and develop their natural love of learning.
Little Maroons is a parent-led childcare cooperative operating from a child-led, African-centered curriculum rooted in indigenous wisdom. In the spirit of the Maroon communities, the children and their families are encouraged to embody the principles of independence, self-determination and cooperation. Maroon communities (also known as Quilombos and Palenques) developed almost everywhere that enslaved Africans were brought in the Americas and the Caribbean. They were independent communities created by runaway Africans that had rebelled and / or escaped from their captors frequently within the first generation of their arrival from Africa. There, they often preserved their African languages and many of their cultural traditions. We will encourage and embody those principles as well as non-gender conformity, self-love, a love for African people and a love for learning. We believe that educating our children is a revolutionary act that we openly embrace.
Little Maroons was founded by a group of six activist families in 2005 that believed that imparting a powerful love of learning, parental involvement and cultural pride are among the most important elements in their children’s lives, especially when attending school. The parents rotated on the school schedule as teachers, created lesson plans, balanced and distributed the finances and participated in a food-buying group. Little Maroons has grown and changed some since then to suit the needs of the families involved, but it remains a home-like environment for education, community and social empowerment for children.