Learning & Talking about Racism

In this time of crisis – the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment affecting tens of millions of people, and the mass uprisings in response to the brutal murders of George Floyd and other Black Americans – the injustices and inequalities of our society have been laid bare. A light has been shined on our country’s systemic racism. It is in this context that The High Quality Early Learning Project writes to express our solidarity with all those taking a stand against the vestiges of slavery and for a more humane, caring democracy. 

Our commitment is to work for a public education system that truly values and equitably supports children of all racial, ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; that provides children and families with access to high-quality learning at the earliest ages and throughout their education careers; that provides children with well-prepared teachers and school leaders who look like them and have high expectations for their achievement and futures. We call for an end to the historic disinvestment in human services in communities of color and for full and adequate funding of universal early childhood education, all subsequent years of public education, and related resources.

As part of this commitment, the High Quality Early Learning Project offers video images of just and caring learning environments that advance equity and that foster deep learning and critical thinking. We have now added additional resources that shares insights, suggestions, activities, and texts related to learning about racism and racial identity, particularly as this all relates to young children. 

We hope that you find these resources useful and that they help us all join together to build a more just and democratic world – where everyone is valued and can live their best lives; where our differences as well as our common humanity are embraced; where we recognize that we are all interconnected – what happens to one impacts us all. 


From the National Association for the Education of Young Children:

“Four Promising Factors to Close Opportunity Gaps Among Children of Color” from Early Learning Network