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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Violence Against Asian Americans: How Do We Support the Children?

Watch this conversation about the resulting toll on Asian American people and communities and about how communities are pushing back. How are parents, family members, teachers and other caregivers supporting children at a time when physical safety is all but impossible to guarantee? How can the rest of us meaningfully support our Asian American family members, friends and neighbors?

PBS Kids Talk About Race

Hosted by inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, this half-hour program features authentic conversations between real children and their parents and includes content from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ARTHUR, and XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM. The show looks at race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way and offers viewers ideas to build on as they continue these important conversations at home. For more resources on talking about race and racism, visit https://pbskids.org​.

How to Talk to Kids about Race

How to Talk to Kids About Race

In a new episode of Home School, The Atlantic’s animated series about parenting, Tisby offers advice on how to have a conversation with children about race, from experiential learning to watching classic animated films.

Talking to Children Authentically About Race and Racism

PBS KIDS for Parents hosted this important conversation — ​featuring fellow parents, educators and child development and trauma experts — ​about how you can talk with young children about racial injustice and violence against Black people. Explore questions such as: How can parents of Black children continue to instill confidence and pride in young kids while also explaining the racial inequity and barriers that continue today? And, how can parents of non-Black children help young kids understand their role in confronting anti-Black racism? Hear questions from fellow parents and learn tips and resources you can use to continue to have these meaningful conversations now and into the future.

Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism Town Hall

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms takes questions about how to combat racism and shares a message with kids about how they can help make a change. Sesame’s Dr. Jeanette Betancourt shares tips on how grown-ups can talk to kids about these tough topics.

Helping Your Child Cope with Media Coverage of Community Racial Trauma

Media coverage of community racial trauma and civil unrest can cause children to experience fear, worry, sadness, confusion, and anger.

Your child can be exposed through a variety of media such as TV, radio, newspapers, the internet and social media. Community racial trauma and civil unrest may include; law enforcement shootings of — and violence towards — African Americans and people of other minority ethnic groups, or community protests responding to these incidents of violence. Protests may be peaceful and orderly or may include violence towards police officers and protesters alike, weapons, tear gas, and military-type vehicles; damaged buildings and burning cars.

While all children can be distressed by this media coverage, children of minority racial groups may be even more impacted. This is because children of minority or racial groups may identify with the people hurt by police, may wonder if they will also be hurt, and may have seen or heard about similar experiences in their own lives.

As a parent, you can help reduce distress caused by media coverage through three main strategies:

  1. Encourage Dialogue.
  2. Establish a Sense of Safety.
  3. Promote Positive Coping Skills.
  4. Know when and how to get help

Beautiful Me — Celebrating Children of Color

It is important young children recognize and celebrate our diversity. Learn about library books and resources that will help you have conversations about race with your children. This presentation is for parents of preschool children (ages 3-5). 

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