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Talking to Children About Race and Racism

May 17, 2020 - August 31, 2020   Time: 8 AM

Talking to Children About Race and Racism

Tips and Resources for Parents, Staff, and Children

The Office of Head Start recognizes the importance of supporting parents and staff as they talk with children and each other about race and racism. Explore these resources that address how young children learn about race and ways to talk to children to help them cope. Find books for teaching children to embrace diversity. These materials can help families and staff have open and healthy conversations with children of all ages. Note: This is not an exhaustive list.


Resources for Talking with Children

Talking with children from a young age about differences is an effective way to decrease biases and racism.

For Parents, Families and Staff

Web Resources and Toolkits




  • National Public Radio:


Children's Books That Address Race, Racism, and Diversity

Children's books are one of the most effective tools to engage with young children on important and sensitive issues.

For Families and Staff


Resources for Advancing Racial Equity in Early Childhood Education

Build program-wide awareness about racism, examine individual bias, analyze system inequities, and ensure equitable early learning for all young children.


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