The Way Forward. Responding to Racism in ECE Programs and Schools.
This article addresses issues or racism, bias, discrimination, and prejudice within the early childhood field. It articulates the difficult nature of addressing these issues in the field, and then provides suggestions as to how this might be achieved.
The early childhood field in the US reflects the racism, bias, and discrimination that exists within US society. Furthermore, because most teachers and caregivers are women, and many women of color, this racism and discrimination is especially acute. Efforts to address this dilemma include increasing pay and benefits of all early childhood staff, providing diverse curricular, and increasing the number of men in the field.
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