When All the Kids are White: How Does an Early Education Program Work Toward Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist Classrooms?
Located in a predominantly white suburb of Boston with a primarily white student population of 3- to 6-year-olds, the administration and teachers at our school wanted to think through our role in the systemic racism in our country. Can a school offer an ABAR curriculum effectively in such a setting? We are working in our school community to create curriculum to reflect our beliefs, but there are challenges, and our anti-racist education is a work in progress.
In the spring of 2020, it became crystal clear that early childhood educators had an invaluable opportunity to make sure our youngest learners began their education exploring anti-bias and anti-racism.