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Race, Equity, and Social Justice Resources

Resources to support families and child care providers

The protests around the country centered on systemic racism and the civil unrest that we are experiencing has prompted many people to search for ways to expand their knowledge on race and racism, including how to talk to children about this topic. The following resource list has been created for parents and caregivers interested in expanding their own knowledge of race, supporting anti-biased classrooms, and creating an open dialogue with children about race and racism.

Resources on Talking with Children about Race and Racism:

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Resources to Learn More About Race, Equity, Bias and Social Justice:

Integrating Concepts of Race, Equity, Anti-bias and Social Justice within Early Childhood Teaching Practices:

  • Child Trends - Supporting Families and Child Care Providers during the Pandemic with a Focus on Equity
  • Derman-Sparks, L., Edwards, J.O., & Goins, C. (2020). Anti-bias education for young children & ourselves (2nd ed.).  Washington, DC: NAEYC.
  • Derman-Sparks, L., & Ramsey, P.G. (2011). What if all the kids are white? Anti-bias multicultural education with young children and families (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Derman-Sparks, L., LeeKeenan, D., & Nimmo, J. (2015). Leading anti-bias early childhood programs: A guide for change. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, Wahington, DC: NAEYC.
  • Kissinger, K. (2017). Anti-bias education in the early childhood classroom: Hand in hand, step by step. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Mwenelupembe, A., & Friedman, S. (2020). Each & every child: Teaching preschool with an equity lens. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
  • Tatum, B.D. (2008). Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?:  And other conversations about race. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Books on Race, Culture, Equity and Social Justice for Children and Adults: