Through anti-bias education, early childhood educators can create learning communities that support human differences.
Anti-bias education at the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center involves creating a community that supports all dimensions of human differences. It empowers children by giving them the tools necessary to foster confident and knowledgeable self-identities, empathetic interactions, and critical thinking skills.
Our goal is to provide an anti-biased educational format that creates:
- Self-awareness, confidence and family pride.
- An appreciation of the diversity of all people.
- Deep human connections.
- An understanding of fairness and unfairness.
- Empowerment to act against prejudice.
In the Classroom
We foster experiences for children to recognize and value differences and likeness, to express their feelings when discomfort occurs, and to ask questions that support healthy emotional and social development.
Each classroom develops anti-bias curriculum specific to the interests and observations of the children. Families are encouraged to work with the teaching staff to identify specific resources that can aide conversations at home.
Anti-Bias Resources for Families
While anti-bias education is a part of the curriculum at the Children’s Center, continuing the work at home is equally if not more important. The following resources have been compiled for our families to reference:
- Life Kit: Parenting: How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race
- NPR: Talking Race with Young Children
- Safe Space Radio: Talking to White Kids about Race
- Respectful Parenting: Raising Anti-Racist Children – A Holistic Approach (with Kristen Coggins)
- 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
- Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality
- RaiseUp SLO Recommended Book List
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Director - Children’s Programs