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Promoting Racial Equity in Early Childhood

The following resources offer insight and guidance on racial justice and equity issues in early childhood. Together, we will make a better world for our babies — a world in which every baby is valued and loved.

Resources for Professionals

Cross-Sector Allies Together in the Struggle for Social Justice: Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work With Infants, Children, and Families
It takes personal commitment, political will, and dedicated resource allocation to implement diversity, inclusion, and equity principles in programs, organizations, and systems of care.

The ABCs of Diversity and Inclusion: Developing an Inclusive Environment for Diverse Families in Early Childhood Education
Build and maintain a welcoming, representative, and inclusive environment for diverse families in schools.

The First Step For Addressing Bias in Infant and Toddler Programs
Cultivate an anti-bias approach in your practice.

How Can We Support Staff in Addressing Implicit Bias? One Program’s Approach
Allyx Schiavone, Executive Director of the Friends Center for Children, discusses a three-year approach the Center administration took to address implicit bias.

Equity and Social Justice in Child Welfare
The National Infant Toddler Court Program provides resources on improving outcomes and advancing equity in child welfare systems.

Resources for Parents

Celebrating Differences: Antiracist Parenting Right From the Start
Raise and nurture children who will stand up against racism. Learn five facts about how children come to understand differences, starting from birth.

Parenting for Social Justice: What You Can Do Starting from Birth
This resource is a starting point for parents who want their children to develop a just and inclusive worldview.

What is implicit bias and why does it matter to parents?
What we learned and saw as children silently shaped our own perceptions of the world. What hidden biases are we passing along to our children?

Using Stories to Nurture Identity
Share stories to help children learn more about themselves and the world around them. Stories are a great way to help children learn more about themselves and the world around them.


Resources for Policymakers

Racism Creates Inequities in Maternal and Child Health, Even Before Birth
Explore the disparities in maternal and child health through a targeted racial and ethnic equity lens.

Equity and Evidence: Data Tools to Inform Paid Family Leave Policymaking
Learn how the State of Babies Yearbook and the Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap are used to inform state efforts in adopting an effective and equitable paid leave policy.

Creating Equity of Opportunity Through Early Learning Policies
Early childhood policy must be informed not just by research, but by demographics and a sense of equity.

Why Is Implicit Bias Such an Important Issue?
Explore short and long term impacts of implicit bias in preschool settings with expert panelists Representative Rosa DeLauro, Matthew Melmed, Dr. Walter Gilliam, Dr. Howard Stevenson, and Allyx Schiavone at the What’s Behind Preschool Expulsion? congressional briefing.

What Can We Do to Help Prevent the Damage of Implicit Bias in Classrooms?
Recognize and practice responses to racial moments and help prevent the negative influence of implicit bias.

Parenting for Social Justice


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