Spotlight on Young Children: Equity and Diversity
About the Book
Educators know that children’s uniquely rich and complex identities, experiences, families, cultures, and backgrounds shape their learning and development. The challenge—and the ultimate goal—is recognizing these strengths, building on children’s diverse knowledge and abilities, and empowering children to succeed. Informed and influenced by NAEYC’s forthcoming position statement on equity and diversity, this collection of articles contextualizes how educators of children from birth through third grade can advance equity and embrace diversity. It features a broad spectrum of topics, including how to
- Examine your own implicit biases and reflect on their influence on your beliefs and actions
- Address and navigate conversations about race and racism with children and their families
- Welcome and support families of all structures in your program
- Incorporate policies and practices that recognize and value immigrant and refugee children and their families
- Collaborate with professionals across your community to advocate for high-quality early learning opportunities for all children
Expand your knowledge and strengthen your commitment to designing and using inclusive and responsive curricula, teaching practices, and learning environments that help all children thrive in school and in life.
Cristina Gillanders is associate professor of early childhood education at University of Colorado Denver.
Rossella Procopio is editor of Books and Related Resources at NAEYC.
The contributors of this resource are to be congratulated on this highly original and enormously useful collection of articles. Grounded in the lived experiences of teachers, children, and families, it gives a fresh perspective on how to create deeper understandings and develop effective responses to the wide range of abilities, cultures, family structures, languages, and opportunities so evident in our classrooms.
—Linda M. Espinosa, Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri, Columbia
What a transformative guide for early childhood educators who want to broaden their understanding of equity and bias! This book takes a revolutionary stance by calling on educators to engage in the challenging work of self-reflection and research, to consider their own culture, and to carry it with them into the classroom as they implement curriculum. Readers will be inspired by this important book and gain valuable tools and strategies for engaging colleagues in discussions about class, immigration status, race, and more.
—Brian Silveira, Lead Teacher and Program Coordinator, Pacific Primary
This volume invites educators to journey along a path of self-reflection and inquiry to explore issues of culture, race, equity, and bias. Each article provides a building block for examining personal values and beliefs as well as strategies for deepening and contextualizing knowledge and understanding of children’s and families’ strengths.
—Lisa Gordon, Project Director, School Systems Partnerships & Programs, Bank Street Education Center, Bank Street College of Education