Why Gender Equity Professional Development in Elementary School? While middle school might seem like the beginning point of gender concerns, research has shown that infants are receiving gender messaging from birth and gender bias is firmly established in children by the age 6. Elementary educators are in a unique position to educate themselves, their students, and their community about how a gender healthy foundation helps children grow academically and thrive personally. As educators, we've had very little foundation in gender education. Now is the time to begin!