There is a growing body of research and evidence that makes clear that
children’s racial sensibilities begin to form in infancy, that almost all children
develop racial and other biases by kindergarten, and that those biases
become fairly entrenched by adolescence. And yet, most national
organizations dedicated to children’s racial learning direct their resources
mainly to middle and high school educators. There are too few resources
for younger children available for parents, grandparents or other caregivers or
for early and elementary childhood educators.
EmbraceRace helps fill that gap.
Since 2016, EmbraceRace has supported parents, guardians, educators, and other caregivers working to raise children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race so that U.S. multiracial democracy can thrive. We identify, organize, and create the tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks to:
- Nurture resilience and joy in children of color
- Nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes
- Raise kids who think critically about race and racial inequality
- Support a movement of kid and adult racial justice advocates for all children
Three Pillars of Work
The work of EmbraceRace is organized into three major pillars of work to bolster healthy children's racial learning: resources, community and field building. That is, we work to:
- build resources to support children's racial learning (research-backed interventions)
- build community spaces to support adults raising race brave kids
- build and help bring together the field of children's racial learning (which includes practitioners across sectors who are educators, parents, healthcare providers, children's media creators, researchers and so much more)
The work of EmbraceRace is ambitious and necessary. We collaborate with a large and growing EmbraceRace community (like you!) and know there need to be many more of us.