Racial Equity Resources for Early Childhood

This page serves as a hub for resources and guidance on racial justice and equity issues that connect to early childhood. It’s not comprehensive, but we will continue to add to and update this list. Have a resource to recommend? Email ashley@childinst.org.

Advocacy & Thought Leadership
Stuck Improving: Towards Racially Equitable School Leadership is a recorded webinar from University of Washington's 2022 Leading Towards Justice series.
Race Equity & Inclusion Action Guide - Annie E. Casey Foundation. Seven steps to advance and embed race equity and inclusion within your organization.
Targeted Universalism: Our Path Forward - National Equity Project
Let’s Talk About Racism in Schools - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Don’t Talk About Implicit Bias Without Talking About Structural Racism - National Equity Project
Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years - a film by Debbie LeeKeenan, John Nimmo, and Filiz Efe McKinney
Campaign Zero works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies
The Brilliance of Black Boys: Cultivating School Success in the Early Grades - Teachers College Press, Columbia University
Color of Change works to make government more responsive to racial disparities
Open letter from Marcus Mundy, executive director of Coalition of Communities of Color
Statement from the Urban League of PDX
Prioritizing equity in teaching and hiring practices, an opinion piece in the Oregonian from Stand for Children's executive director, Toya Fick
"Our role in this moment," written for the City Club by Board of Governors member, Danielle Pacifico-Cogan (formerly of Children's Institute) offers important historical context and resources.
Classroom & Parent Resources
RESOURCE | Use the arrows on the far right of this table to sort by type.TYPE | CR= Classroom Resource GR= General Resource PR= Parent Resource)
The 2020 Crane Center Symposium for Children dives deep into anti-bias and anti-racist practices for early childhood settings, led by renowned researchers and practitioners in this field, including CI's own Senior Education Advisor, Soobin Oh. Highlights and recording now available through link. GR, CR
Anti Bias Leaders in Early Education resource page. GR, CR
From NPR: 'Raising White Kids' author on how white parents can talk about race. (7 minute-listen with transcript.)PR
Education Week offers a set of classroom resources for discussing racism, policing, and protest. CR
A wealth of equity-focused resources from NAEYC.CR
Reading is Resistance. Portland-based effort to support kids reading for social justice/anti bias.CR, PR
New York Times book List and other resources for kids CR, PR
Are your kids too young to talk about race? Great infographic.CR, PR
A resource for adults talking with children about race and racism from Raising Race Conscious Children.CR, PR
How white parents can talk about race. NPR PR
Racism, the ultimate underlying condition. Health Equity GR
The Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC's early childhood page, including resources and guidance. GR
CR= Classroom Resource
GR= General Resource
PR= Parent Resource
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