An essential foundation of best practices in inclusive early childhood education is to engage in continual reflection as individuals and as communities around the values, beliefs, goals, and expectations we hold for ourselves and the children in our care. The nature of individual and community biases and preferences is that they are often implicit and not fully recognized. Our values and beliefs can be so deeply ingrained from a lifetime of experience and familiarity that we are not explicitly aware of how these deep-seated values impact how we think, respond, react, and behave. In this course, we will explore the definitions and practices of anti-bias and anti-racist programming, trace connections between biases and child outcomes, reflect on anti-bias work, and co-create a plan of action for deepening intentionality in anti-bias and anti-racist practice.
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