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June 29, 2018

NAEYC's Statement on #FamiliesBelongTogether

On June 7, we joined 540 national and state organizations, including many NAEYC affiliates, in writing a letter to the Department of Homeland Security clearly stating our opposition to the zero-tolerance practice of separating children from their parents
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Young Children
May 1, 2018

The Power of Using International Picture Books with Young Children

Using international picture books is a powerful vehicle for teachers who want to foster children’s development of intercultural knowledge and understanding in meaningful ways.

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Authored by: Kelly Baldwin
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Supporting Language: Culturally Rich Dramatic Play

In Mrs. Ramos’s classroom, the children’s conversations about their family activities led them to create a panaderia in the dramatic play center.

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Authored by: Irasema Salinas-Gonzalez, María G. Arreguín-Anderson, Iliana Alanís
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Anti-Bias Education: Holidays

Many early childhood educators have questions about how to approach the holidays. The following text is excerpted from the chapter titled “Learning About Holidays & Fairness.”
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Anti-Bias Education

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, provides practical guidance to confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2017

Make Math Meaningful for Diverse Learners

When mathematical learning at school connects to familiar experiences and objects in children’s lives, the math can seem more interesting and make more sense to children!

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Authored by: Karen Nemeth
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August 16, 2017

Resources to Help You Make a Difference

Here are some resources from NAEYC’s publications and online content that support anti-bias approaches, positive guidance, and diversity in the classroom

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Authored by: Susan Friedman
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Young Children
March 1, 2017

Culturally Appropriate Positive Guidance with Young Children

Many behaviors have cultural roots that teachers can capitalize on to foster each child’s developing identity, share cultural lessons with the whole class, and help children cultivate shared norms for their behavior as students.

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Authored by: Zeynep Isik-Ercan
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2016

Teaching and Learning With Hip-Hop Culture

To honor their interests, support their learning, and connect with their culture, a preschool teacher decided to incorporate aspects of hip-hop culture into the curriculum.

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Authored by: ​Anthony Broughton
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Young Children
May 1, 2016

Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Showing children that we see and value all aspects of them—including attributes related to race and culture—is a critical step in helping them feel welcome and connected to their teachers and peers.

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Authored by: Shannon B. Wanless, Patricia A. Crawford
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