Research shows kids begin to form negative racial biases as early as age 3, according to Dr. Natalie Cort, a psychology professor at William James College. By age 11, she said, these perspectives are “crystallized.” It is crucial, and never too early, to talk to your kids about race. We’ve compiled some resources below to help parents start these critical conversations surrounding race, equality and tolerance.
Hair Love is an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, which tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time and the special bond they share.
Embracerace.org fights systemic racism by supporting parents to raise children who are brave, informed and thoughtful about race. This is a source with advice and resources for parents of all color, featuring webinars, action guides, book suggestions, and more.
Tolerance.org is a site dedicated to teaching teachers helps with webinars, articles and tools to give parents resources to start conversations with their children. Check out their five tips for helping preschoolers understand tolerance.
Brittany Smith, a pre-kindergarten teacher who teaches in the Atlantic City School District in New Jersey, shared a list on Twitter of her recommended reading materials to teach children about race and racism, it went viral.
Created and run by parents of color, the Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents navigate and address issues of race, equality and racism. Join their community, and definitely give them a follow on social media!