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Building Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: The Role of the Leader
Young Children
  • Louise Derman-Sparks
  • Debbie LeeKeenan, Lesley University
  • John Nimmo, Portland State University
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  • Multicultural education -- United States,
  • Toleration -- Study and teaching (Early childhood) -- United States,
  • Race discrimination -- United States -- Prevention
An anti-bias early childhood care and education (ECCE) program puts diversity and equity goals at the center of all aspects of its organization and daily life. It involves much more than adding new materials and activities into the already existing learning environment. Rather, broad systemic changes are necessary. The learning environment and curriculum, as well as program policies, structures, procedures, and processes, all come into play. Change also includes the attitudes of the individuals who serve the children and families. In sum, it is "a process, not an event".

This is the published version of the article. A definitive version was subsequently published in Young Children. May 2015, 70 (2): 42-45.

* At the time of publication John Nimmo was affiliated with Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Derman-Sparks, L., LeeKeenan, D. & Nimmo, J. (2015). Building anti-bias early childhood programs: The role of the leader. Young Children 70 (2): 42-45.