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Young Children
June 1, 2021

Viewpoint. Creating Anti-Racist Early Childhood Spaces

In this article, we outline the past and present along with strategies for creating anti-racist early childhood spaces.

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Authored by: Rosemarie Allen Dorothy L. Shapland Jen Neitzel Iheoma U. Iruka
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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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Blog
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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Blog
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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Teaching Young Children
September 16, 2020

Conversations that Matter: Talking with Children About Big World Issues

Children need help making sense of what they are seeing and hearing. These conversations also offer us important teachable moments to engage young children in discussion about their identities, human diversity, fairness and unfairness, and the right of pe

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Authored by: Julie Olsen Edwards Louise Derman-Sparks
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Issue
Young Children
Vol. 75, No. 4
September 1, 2020

September 2020

Fostering Content Knowledge: Meaningful Integration in the Primary Grades
The September 2020 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles that showcase the power of integrating science, math, technology, literacy, and social studies to make learning meaningful and content-rich across the primary grades.
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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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Young Children
June 16, 2020

Exclusionary Discipline Practices in Early Childhood

When hearing the words suspension and expulsion, most people do not think about children 5 and under. However, young children in state-funded preschool settings are expelled at three times the rate of K–12 students, as private school students.

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Authored by: Sarah C. Wymer Amanda P. Williford Ann S. Lhospital
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Blog
May 21, 2020

Conversations that Matter: Talking with Children About Big World Issues

Children rely on adults to help them figure out what things mean. Children’s curiosity, puzzlement, and anxiety provide rich opportunities for adults to respond to their attempts to understand what they observe happening in their world.

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Authored by: Julie Olsen Edwards Louise Derman-Sparks
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