Raising Anti-Racist Children

A group of five infants of differing races and ethnicities sit side-by-side on the floor in front of a white background.The American Psychological Association offered, in the June 2021 edition of their publication Monitor on Psychology, an information-packed article entitled, “Raising Anti-Racist Children.” In it, the author addresses the following topics: 

  • Race in early childhood, 
  • Racial-ethnic socialization, 
  • The problem with color blindness, 
  • Teaching the value of diversity, and  
  • The malleability of prejudice. 

The article also includes a link to a YouTube video entitled, “The Future of Science on Racism—A Conversation with the Experts,” which captures a 50-minute discussion on this important topic. The author closes with a short list for further reading. There’s a lot to unpack here, and we hope you’ll take the time to give it a look. You can also download a PDF version of the article’s text here for future reading and examination. 

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, click here. 

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies: 

  • Core Knowledge (CK): 
    • CK1: The dynamics of family systems including cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic factors influencing family function and care for all children.  
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Implementation (IFSP-i): 
    • IFSP-i12 (EIS): Knows that cultural beliefs and practices of parents and professionals affect early intervention service delivery. 
    • IFSP-i13 (EIS): Understands the importance of bilingual/bicultural staff members, service providers, and community resources and their role on the team. 
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