What is anti-bias education and why is it important in our learning environment?
Anti-bias education is system of teaching to support our learning community to gain an understanding of “identity and fairness in a highly diverse and still inequitable society (NAEYC, 2019).”
The purpose of anti-bias education is to respect the differences within the learning community and learn from those differences. Gaining a strong sense of self and honoring differences leads us to engage in dialogue and activities about what can help us feel safe in our community and what we can do to make our world a safer place. The connection we build with other will enable us to become empowered to act against prejudice and discrimination.
Anti-bias education is key to the successful community socialization of young children. The experiences the children will engage in will explore their thoughts on ideas such as ethnocentrism, racism, and discrimination. The more we learn about ourselves and the world around us, the more we are exposed to concepts of injustice and find our place in it. The children will become mindful of societal issues in our world and thus gain a greater sense of self and community. In our learning community, this will lead us to welcome and respect each other and face adversity together!
Our Program’s Anti-bias Affirmation
Reach for the Stars Early Learning and Preschool is committed to creating a sense of love, respect, and unity in our learning community. Children are given a light. Our program is uniquely designed to find, nurture, and share each child’s light with their classmates, families, and community.
Reach for the Stars Early Learning and Preschool will reflect our respect for diversity by helping children in our program develop a positive sense of self, build a connections to others, understand the concept of fairness, and become empowered to act against the prejudice and discrimination around them.
Our Commitment to Daily Anti-bias Practices
Reach for the Stars Early Learning and Preschool will achieve a high standard of anti-bias education by exploring our children’s family culture, studying our differences and similarities, engage in dialogue about what feels comfortable or safe, and what to do when a situation makes us feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Anti-Bias Environment, Curriculum, and Materials
Reach for the Stars Early Learning and Preschool strives to create a learning environment where anti-bias education can take place with the least amount of restrictions. This means you will see pictures, books, and learning tools that reflect children’s home culture and other cultures throughout the world in our classroom. Our goal is for children to gain an understanding of the world around them and see how their lives and culture fit in and create value to that world.
Promoting Activism and Social Justice
Creating an environment where children feel safe to act against prejudice and discrimination will help them be able to hone those skills for later in life. We encourage children to speak their minds and act when they perceive unfairness/injustice. We aim to turn aggression into activism. A large piece of this will be helping children identify and respond to emotions in themselves and others. Then they can move to understanding how to act to detect prejudice, prevent discrimination, and support others when discrimination occurs.
Four Goals of Anti-bias Education
Follow this link to learn about anti-bias education, its goals, and why it matters. Anti-bias education focuses on respecting the rights of each child and finding a vision for the future of early childhood education.
Equity in the Classroom
Follow this link to learn about how embracing equity in the class room can help a child reach their full potential. Making connections and remembering the core values of equity will lead to a nurturing learning environment.
The Case for Anti-bias Preschool and Curriculum for Teachers, Children and Families : Thriving and Learning in a Diverse Child-led Environment
Follow this link to learn about opening our perspectives and making ourselves available for new learning opportunities. Bias can exist inside all of us–even young children. We can fight these biases by having a firm anti-bias education curriculum and plan to teach educators and children to self-reflect on their thoughts and experiences.
Follow this link to learn about inclusion in an early childhood classroom. How does inclusion improve the quality of a program? Here you can read about the different practices common to implementing an inclusive early learning environment.
Equity Observation and Images of Fairness in Childhood
Follow this link to learn about diversity and how it contributes to a rich early learning environment. Children form a firm sense of self as they explore identity. Read about different classroom experiences and how exploring and honoring identity improved the learning experience in these classrooms.
Welcoming Children and Families into Our Program
Follow this link to find a list of 11 ways early childhood programs work hard to welcomes diverse families. These practices help programs communicate to families that their child is appreciated and honored.