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Positive racial identity development in early education: Understanding PRIDE in Pittsburgh: Executive Summary

The Race and Early Childhood Collaborative is a partnership of the Office of Child Development, the Center for Urban Education, and the Supporting Early Education and Development (SEED) Lab within the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Guided by the literature on race and early childhood, the collaborative focused on understanding the local status of PRIDE in terms of parent, teacher, and stakeholder awareness of PRIDE benefits, the quantity and quality of existing interventions, and current policies. Goals and Methods The goals of the scan were to assess if and how parents and teachers discuss race with young children, to determine what developmental issues exist as they relate to positive racial identity, and to generate recommendations and encourage collaborations around this important issue. The process was centered on learning from the research and from parents, educators, and other key informants, what is already known, what currently is being done, and what gaps exist regarding race and young children. This information was gathered through focus groups, surveys, interviews, classroom observations, and literature and curricula reviews. These methods and the resultant recommendations were guided and reviewed by a diverse advisory committee made up of representatives from various disciplines, practices, races, and ethnicities. (author abstract)
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