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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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.
Developed by Teaching for Change, was developed to help families and educators identify the best multicultural and social justice children’s books.

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.

They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race (or Gender) INFOGRAPHIC

GSC Meeting Calendar

Dates and times of Ingham Great Start Collaborative meetings and work groups.

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Ingham Play & Learn Groups

Play and Learn Groups provide activities for families to play alongside their children and explore many developmental domains. Check out the most recent Play and Learn Group Schedule Here

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Great Start Family Coalition

Serves as a sounding board for parent members of the Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

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Document Library

Important information, files and resources

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Great Start to Quality

The best place for families to search for child care. Check it out today.

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