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All kids need a strong individual and group identity, but racism hurts the healthy development of both. Racism hurts our entire society. Whether you and the children in your care are directly affected by racism or your allies of those who are, engaging honestly and directly with little ones is the beginning of building racial literacy (the skills needed to talk thoughtfully about race and to identify and respond to racism). Here are resources to develop children’s understanding, curiosity, resilience, and empathy—and to prepare for the task of building a better world by standing up, standing tall, and standing together.

Explaining What is Race?

Building racial literacy is essential to thriving within the world as it is, while simultaneously striving to build an antiracist world. Children need to feel affirmed in what they notice about the people and world around them, while also equipped with language to understand.

When Elmo notices that some of the leaves in the park match his red fur and some match his friend Wes’s brown skin, he wonders how skin gets its color. Wes’s dad Elijah explains it’s from melanin – something everyone has in their bodies that gives us our skin, eye, and hair color.

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