History of Racial Power in Early Childhood
This resource provides examples in which the field of early childhood is grappling with the ways that the early childhood system was built and our complicity in perpetuating inequities for children and families of color.
It’s Hard to Be What You Can’t See: Using Children’s Books to Promote Inclusion
This handout provides resources, data and a variety of children’s books (and associated activities) as a vehicle to promote inclusion. It also includes a checklist entitled: “Considerations in Selecting Books for Young Children that Build Equity and Inclusion.”
Center of Excellence Racial Equity Toolkit
Understand disparities in the experiences of young children of color and children from other marginalized communities in early childhood settings; discover strategies to impact early childhood professionals’ beliefs, attitudes, and practices to support more effective caregiving for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, class, or a myriad of demographic characteristics; and better understand policies and procedures, including data collection and analysis procedures, to bridge disparities.
Diverse Children’s Book List (compiled by Outcome Group 2)
Includes two lists of children’s books – one focused on children with special needs, and one that spotlights diverse children in positive relationships with their families and friends.
MISelf in Books 2020 Book List (compiled by MAME)
MISelf in Books is an annual list of diverse books for Michigan learners. The list was selected by a committee of certified school librarians who are members of Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME). These recommendations are based on books that they see learners reading and enjoying in their libraries. The books are all published in the last two years and written by #ownvoice authors and will include books for all grade levels: PreK-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
An Updated Look at Diversity in Children’s Books
Using numbers from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, this infographic—updated from 2015—illustrates representation in children’s literature. The quantity of diverse books may have gone up, but that doesn’t necessarily indicate accuracy and quality of titles.
EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents who set out to create the community and gather the resources they needed (need!) to meet the challenges faced by those raising children in a world where race matters. This website provides resources on raising a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race.
Michigan Department of Education Resources
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to share three efforts to combat racism and promote social justice.