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June 10, 2021

A Road Forward: Five Democratic Life Skills for a Civil Society

Five democratic life skills provide a model for the holistic education and development of children, guiding them along a continuum from showing resilience in the face of trauma to demonstrating intelligent decision-making as members of society.

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Authored by: Dan Gartrell
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Young Children
June 1, 2021

Journeying Together: How Our Program Addresses Race and Anti-Bias Education

Chris Amirault, school director of Tulsa Educare MacArthur in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shares the work he and his staff are doing to address racism and bias. He and six of his colleagues recently gathered to share their approaches and insights.

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Authored by: Chris Amirault Melodie Benish Michelle Bowers Precious Harris Thena Knight Nicole Tate Jennie Williams
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Young Children
June 1, 2021

Being an Equity Leader

Integrating an equity approach to diversity into early childhood education programs calls for strategic leadership. In this article, we describe the key concepts and strategies for leading change toward equity and diversity in ECE programs.

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Authored by: John Nimmo Debbie LeeKeenan Louise Derman-Sparks
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Young Children
June 1, 2021

Quality Includes Removing Bias from Early Childhood Education Environments

This article examines efforts made toward removing racial and ethnic biases, addresses our current state as a field, and asserts how the field must be committed to advance equity with the assets of children, families, and communities coming first.

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Authored by: Felicia L. DeHaney Carla Thompson Payton Alandra Washington
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Young Children
June 1, 2021

Why History? Educating the Early Childhood Workforce for Equity

Regarding the advancement of equity in ECE, the following article focuses on people of African descent and speaks to how and why knowing their history can shed light on their current practices and help us design more responsive programs.

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Authored by: Barbara T. Bowman
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Young Children
Vol. 76, No. 2
June 1, 2021

Summer 2021

Nurturing Equity Leaders: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be
The Summer 2021 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles drawing on the upcoming NAEYC book, Advancing Equity and Embracing Diversity in Early Childhood Education: Elevating Voices and Actions.
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May 28, 2021

Modeling Curiosity and Acceptance: My Kindergarten Lunch Story

As Asian American Pacific Islander Month comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my own experience as the daughter of Korean immigrants. Asian American Pacific Islander is a broad term encompassing many cultures and stories.

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Authored by: Michelle Kang
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March 17, 2021

NAEYC’s Statement on the Recent Tragedy in Atlanta

We stand with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and wrap our arms and our actions around our staff, members, families, children, and allies who see themselves and their families in these women.
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Teaching Young Children
September 16, 2020

Now Read This! Books that Promote Race, Identity, Agency, and Voice

This is the first article in a two-part series that explores promoting children’s identity, agency, and voice regarding race through picture books. Included in this article are three exemplary books that early childhood educators can use to foster critica

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Authored by: Brian L. Wright, PhD
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Young Children
September 1, 2020

Discovering the Brilliance and Beauty in Black (Voices)

Through inquiry, teachers and young children can create authentic, organic learning that informs their understanding of themselves, of others, and of the world they live in.

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Authored by: Patricia Sullivan
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June 18, 2020

Tell Families, “We See You and We Value Your Contribution"

Dr. Brian Wright asks teachers to let families, especially Black and brown families, know that they are seen and their contributions to their children's learning are valued.

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Authored by: Brian L. Wright, PhD
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May 30, 2020

A Message From NAEYC: We Stand Together

NAEYC continues to work towards advancing equity with humility and awareness of our history and limitations, and a recognition that no individual, leader or organization has all the answers.

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Authored by: Ann Terrell Rhian Evans Allvin
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