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We're happy to announce the launch of the EmbraceRace Podcast!

Do young kids (and babies) really see race?

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Welcome to this season of the EmbraceRace podcast, How Kids ACTUALLY Learn About Race - we're so excited about this launch!

On this first episode, hosts Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas briefly share the backstory of EmbraceRace, and then dive into a conversation with developmental psychologist Tara Mandalaywala about what we know about whether and how babies and young children perceive racial differences. Most importantly, they talk about how to translate that understanding into everyday parenting and caregiving choices. Listen and find all the links, supports and related info below.

Listen below or on your favorite podcatcher

Get more out of the episode by following the steps below!

1. Reflect

  • How does it feel to know that children are noticing skin color, observing racial patterns, and developing racial preferences and biases within the first few years of life?
  • What are the messages that the toys, books, and other parts of your child's home or school environments sending them about race? Who is represented?
  • How comfortable (or not) are you communicating about race and skin color openly with young children? How could you practice?

2. Follow & Share

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3. Learn more!

Tara Mandalaywala

Dr. Tara Mandalaywala is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She directs the Cognition Across Development Lab where they explore how children develop beliefs about the people around them. More about Tara >
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