CECR has been working with childcare centers and families at Penn State to support work around racial diversity. To assist families and educators, we are sharing resources to help children and people who care for them learn about race.
We will continue to add to this page, so please continue to check back—and share resources that you have found useful.
Resources for Multiracial Families
My Reflection Matters
A list of seven children's books that speak about skin color.
Parent’s Guide Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (PDF)
Guide created by Tolerance.org.
When and How to Talk with Young Children about Enslavement: Discussion Questions for Educators
Discussion suggestions by Teach for Change
Teaching Young Children about Race: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Teach for Change's list of topics to explore with your children
Picture Books Tell Children the Harsh Stories of Migrants and Refugees
New York Times article by Monica Edinger
Empowering Adopted Children of Color in the Face of Racism and Discrimination
On cultural difference and belonging:
On diverse family structure:
On gender identity:
On racial identity:
- I Love My Hair
- Little You
- Baby Dance
- Hush! A Thai Lullaby
- Mama, Do You Love Me?
- All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color
Additional examples: Fabienne Doucet’s “Stay Woke” Children’s Book List.
Book on social justice teaching: Rethinking Early Childhood Education
Pennsylvania Center for the Book
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) (additional content can be accessed through the PSU Libraries A-Z database list)
A Library for the World's Children: International Children's Digital Library
Considerations for Early Childhood and Early Elementary Educators on Slavery and Resistance
A list of resources by Teach for Change
Never Too Early to Learn: Antibias Education for Young Children
An article by Jennifer Hooven, Katherine Runkle, Laurie Strouse, Misty Woods, and Erica Frankenberg
Same/Same/But Different. Creating an Inclusive Kindergarten by Madeleine Rogin for Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative, via Embrace Race
They're Not Too Young to Talk About Race
The Children's Community School
How Do You Talk to Kids About Race? This Guide Can Help
Madeleine Rogin - The Daily Good
What if We Taught Kids About Skin Color and Racism The Way We Teach Math?
Madeleine Rogin - The Daily Good
Videos & Presentations
Fabienne Doucet tackles One Question: How can we talk to kids about race
This powerpoint was part of our April 2017 brownbag discussion about why and how to talk about race with young children: Talking Race with Young Children [Slides].pdf
This powerpoint was part of our September 2017 brownbag on raising anti-racist, anti-biased children: Raising AntiBias, AntiRacist Kids [Slides]
This is a Webinar by EmraceRace on "Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Conscious Lens"
This is a presentation by Fabienne Doucet Children's Literature as a Tool for Facilitating Complex Conversations with Young Children
Tips & Guidelines
Never Too Early to Learn: Antibias Education for Young Children by Jennifer Hooven, Katherine Runkle, Laurie Strouse, Misty Woods, and Erica Frankenberg
Addressing Race and Inequity in the Classroom by Fabienne Doucet and Jennifer Adair
This is a statement for childcare centers and schools to reiterate a commitment for all families and children to feel welcomed and protected:
English: Child Care Exchange Pledge (English).PDF
Spanish: Child Care Exchange Pledge (English).PDF
These are resources shared by Andrew Grant-Thomas of Embrace Race for families and educators about talking to young children about race:
Guidelines: From Birth to Bias (10 guidelines).pdf
Tips: Ten Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race.pdf
This is a document highlighting Penn State child care centers' commitment to diversity and includes resources for additional reading: Commitment to Diversity Statement
Empathy and Racism by Madeleine Rogin for Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative, via The Whole Child blog
MLK Day and the Danger of a "Single Story" by Madeleine Rogin for Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative, via Embrace Race
10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Racism and Sexism from The Council on Interracial Books for Children