This article focuses on one aspect of a child’s specific culture—making and relating to friends—and the paradigm shift that occurs when teachers evaluate what they observe and experience with children by the yardstick of childhood rather than adulthood.
Individuality and Inclusive Practices for Early Childhood
This cluster of Young Children articles takes up that call by digging deeper into the core consideration of individuality and guidelines related to inclusion and offering in-depth descriptions of approaches to meet each child where they are.
Without the toys and supplies commonly found in a classroom, Denise O’Hara’s children relied on nature to spark their imaginations and activities. Through this series of photographs and captions, you’ll see some of their playful creations.
It’s not uncommon to have children in your program who spend time with parents in two different homes. Individualizing communication is an effective way to recognize and welcome diverse family structures.
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.
In this article, we describe how and why social justice education is important for early childhood education. We offer a district and classroom example of how social justice approaches to early childhood education can increase its positive impact.
Understanding how race and culture matter for learning manifests in bold and honest conversations and the delivery of creative lessons and activities in which teachers encourage children to explore their racial, ethnic, and cultural differences.
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.
NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.