Social Justice

Early Childhood Anti-Racist Resources

Navigating Race and Equity with Young Children
Compilation of books and resources from HighScope Educational Research Foundation. 

Early Childhood and Elementary Educator Resources
Compilation of lesson plans, books, and resources from Teaching for Change for integrating social justice concepts into early childhood education. 

Quality in Early Learning
Presentation by Dr. Iheoma Iruka who leads research strategy to drive innovation in the field of early childhood education. She also focuses on research that advances the knowledge base on key factors that address opportunity gaps; and examines HighScope's curriculum, assessments, and implementations to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.

In My Skin Podcast Series
Children see race. We want to learn more about what that means. Hear parents, scholars, illustrators, artists, and more explore how race impacted them as a child and how it affects their lives today. In My Skin is a production of P.R.I.D.E. -- Positive Racial Identity in Early Education -- a University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development program.

Navigating Race and Equity With Young Children
Books and resources to help navigate conversations about race and equity with young children.  This list includes one recommended by the Early Childhood Task Force.  

Don't Look Away: Embracing Anti-bias Classrooms, by Iheoma Irurka, Stephanie Curenton, Tonia Durden and Kerry-Ann Escayg. A discussion about this book is available online as well.  

Race Talk in the Early Childhood Classroom
Resources compiled by the Early Childhood Education Assembly to guide conversations about race with young children.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Husband, T.J. (2012). I don't see color: Challening assumptions about discussing race with young children. Early Childhood Education Journal, 39, 365-371. doi:10.1007/s10643-011-0458-9

Early childhood classrooms in the US continue to become increasingly diverse as we journey through the twenty first century. Yet and still, many early childhoodeducators have been slow to respond to these shifts in diversity on the basis of both developmental and political concerns. In this guess editorial, I argue for the integration of anti-racist education in the early childhood social studiesclassroom. The reasons I discuss here concern: when and how children develop racial attitudes, the difficulty of altering long-standing stereotypes, student empowerment, critical teacher reflection, and issues of standardization. Iconclude with several considerations teachers should heed as they engage in this form of education.

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