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 is not comprehensive. We will continue to add and update this page.

If you have a specific resource, opportunity, or update to share, please email Helen Shum at helen@childinst.org.

Advocacy & Thought Leadership
RESOURCES
Kali Thorne Ladd on OPB discussing why it's important to talk to children about the protests and what’s behind them. Ladd is the co-founder of KairosPDX, a public charter school focused on eliminating racial achievement and opportunity disparities.
Campaign Zero works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies
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
"Fighting Racism: Working For Equitable Outcomes For Young Children And Their Families." Statement from the Build Initiative.
"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.
All Learning Resources
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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)
Creating Anti-Racist Early Childhood spaces, presents strategies for creating an anti-racist environment to promote the development of healthy racial identities. [Recorded Webinar is here.]CR, GR, PR
Embrace Race, founded in early 2016 by two parents who set out to create the community and gather the resources needed to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters. CR, GR, PR
Threads of Justice Collective : Bringing together representatives of communities facing specific struggles. Providing education, awareness and strategies for people in dominant groups to become allies for social and economic change.GR, CR, PR
Anti Bias Leaders in Early Education resource page. GR, CR
Kali Thorne Ladd on OPB discussing why it's important to talk to children about the protests and what’s behind them. Ladd is the co-founder of KairosPDX, a public charter school focused on eliminating racial achievement and opportunity disparities.CR, GR, PR
June 18. Book launch event for 'Antiracist Baby' with author Ibram X. Kendi and Dereka Purnell. Registration required for this pay-what you-can online event. GR, PR
June 9. American Public Health Association begins its webinar series, "Racism, the ultimate underlying condition," exploring health equity. APHA membership required. GR
From NPR: 'Raising White Kids' author on how white parents can talk about race. (7 minute-listen with transcript.)PR
Guide from Zero to Three: Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to FivePR
Black Lives Matter at School, a national coaltion created an anti-racist curriculum guide with English/language arts, math, social studies, and arts materials. The guide has lessons for early childhood through high school students that align with the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement. CR
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 biasCR, PR
New York Times book List and other resources for kids CR, PR
CNN & Sesame Street Workshop's Town Hall on Racism 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
People's Plan from the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF)GR
Resolutions Northwest timeline of Oregon's racial and education historyGR
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
Classroom & Parent Resources
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RESOURCE
Creating Anti-Racist Early Childhood spaces, presents strategies for creating an anti-racist environment to promote the development of healthy racial identities. Recorded Webinar
Embrace Race, founded in early 2016 by two parents who set out to create the community and gather the resources needed to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters.
Threads of Justice Collective : Bringing together representatives of communities facing specific struggles. Providing education, awareness and strategies for people in dominant groups to become allies for social and economic change.
Anti Bias Leaders in Early Education resource page.
Kali Thorne Ladd on OPB discussing why it's important to talk to children about the protests and what’s behind them. Ladd is the co-founder of KairosPDX, a public charter school focused on eliminating racial achievement and opportunity disparities.
Black Lives Matter at School, a national coaltion created an anti-racist curriculum guide with English/language arts, math, social studies, and arts materials. The guide has lessons for early childhood through high school students that align with the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Education Week offers a set of classroom resources for discussing racism, policing, and protest.
A wealth of equity-focused resources from NAEYC.
Reading is Resistance. Portland-based effort to support kids reading for social justice/anti bias
New York Times book List and other resources for kids
CNN & Sesame Street Workshop's Town Hall on Racism
Are your kids too young to talk about race? Great infographic.
A resource for adults talking with children about race and racism from Raising Race Conscious Children.
Events & Webinars
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DATEEVENT
June 18, 2020June 18. Book launch event for 'Antiracist Baby' with author Ibram X. Kendi and Dereka Purnell. Registration required for this pay-what you-can online event.
June 17, 2020Creating Anti-Racist Early Childhood spaces, presents strategies for creating an anti-racist environment to promote the development of healthy racial identities. Recorded Webinar
June 9, 2020American Public Health Association begins its webinar series, "Racism, the ultimate underlying condition," exploring health equity. APHA membership required.
June 8, 2020CNN & Sesame Street's town hall on racism.

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