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Race, Equity, Bias, and Early Childhood: Examining the Research

Sep 9, 2021

Ross A. Thompson, University of California; Andrew N. Meltzoff, University of Washington; and Walter S. Gilliam, Yale University

Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from a presentation for ZERO TO THREE’s Scientific Meeting held on April 27, 2021. The topic for this year’s meeting was Race, Equity, Bias, and Early Childhood. We invited three ZERO TO THREE board members who have studied the impact of racial bias and inequity on young children to share their work. In this article, Dr. Andrew Meltzoff describes his research concerning the ways that young children pick up bias from everyday experience, and Dr. Walter Gilliam discusses racial bias exhibited by early childhood educators. Dr. Brenda Jones Harden, who discussed maternal experiences of racial discrimination and its impact on mothers’ functioning and parenting of their young children, expands on her research in the article, “Racial Discrimination and Parenting: Implications for Intervening With African American Young Children and Families” (Scott et al., this issue, p. 18). Dr. Ross Thompson, board member and past president of ZERO TO THREE, introduced the session.

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