Culture and Diversity

Webinar: Diversity & Inclusion In Early Childhood

This webinar offers activity suggestions, books, songs, and practical tips to create a diverse and inclusive early years classroom. Participants will discuss race, gender and ability, the importance of knowing personal biases and promoting inclusion, as well as how to include parents in the conversation!

Anti-bias Early Childhood Education

Anti-bias education work in early childhood is shaped by a deep-seated belief in the importance of justice, the dream of each child being able to achieve all he or she is capable of, and the knowledge that we can make a difference. Here is a list of anti-bias articles and e-books to help you make connections, learn new strategies and become a leader in your program.

Webinar – Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms: A Response to Racism

Join the lead authors of Don’t Look Away, Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms in a roundtable discussion on how to explore and address issues of bias and equity in your program. Participants will also hear about tools and strategies to promote family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences for the children in your program.

11 Children’s Books About the Refugee Experience

Looking for new books for your program? Here's a list of 11 books for children of different ages that focus on the refugee experience.

These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids

The conversation about race needs to start early and keep happening, but many parents and caregivers are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with children - and how to keep the important conversations about race and racism going when we’re not in a moment of national outrage.

Books & Tips for Talking With Children About Race

Talking to children about race isn't easy, but it is necessary because racism can thrive when you don’t. Before teaching your children anything, it's important to understand their development level. You have no reason to hide anything from them, but you also don’t have to go into great detail and cause unnecessary stress if it’s beyond their comprehension levels. Read more...

How to Talk to Children About Racism, Prejudice, and Protests – An Age-by-Age Guide

The world has again been shaken by trauma. Many children will be distressed and confused by what they are seeing, hearing, or experiencing. This is the time to have the conversations that can build a more compassionate, kinder humanity, starting with the children close to you. If we want to raise children who celebrate diversity, and who feel empowered to call out injustice and prejudice in all its forms, we have to talk about what’s happening. First though, we have to help them feel safe.

Addressing Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with Young Children

As we engage in conversations about structural racism, our children are watching and listening. They have questions and if they haven’t already, they will ask them. What they learn and how they think about topics like identity, race, differences, and racism depends on the ways in which we choose to engage with them. Here is a helpful compilation of resources specifically about engaging children in conversations about race, and resources to support your important work.

Why We Must Talk About Race and Racism in Early Childhood Education

Once we start working to end the harm, we can begin creating a more just world and a more vibrant ECE system. Racism hurts everyone, though it does not hurt us all equally or in the same ways. We live diminished lives when structures are in place that keep us all from thriving. When we work actively to dismantle racism, we begin to create environments that support healthy racial identity for all children. When we start dismantling racism in ECE settings, we can also begin to support the adults in the programs. By creating strong, healthy models of representation and leadership, our programs thrive. Read more...

Webinar: Moving Beyond Multicultural Education- Promoting Equity in Early Childhood Education

This inspiring webinar is designed to create a shift in how early childhood professionals view and address educational equity in early childhood settings. The session will help you learn about implicit racial bias and its role in managing behaviour, learning experiences, and relationships. Participants will leave the webinar with a better understanding of the inequities and barriers as well as practices that promote more equitable learning experiences for all children.