Kids start learning about race and become aware of prejudice, inequality and discrimination from an early age. It is important adults talk about race with children from the start – answer their questions, which you can bet they have!
Here is a list of compelling activities and resources to help facilitate conversations about race, understanding identity and becoming aware of privilege.
Activities with Children
- Watch Sesame Street’s Townhall hosted by CNN’s Van Jones and related videos promoting anti-racism with kids
- Download Bay Rising’s COVID-19 coloring book for organizers of all ages
- Read children’s books from collections like the Black Lives Matter Library
- Art, play and story-telling can help young children cope and communicate through big emotions. Check out this book list curated by Tandem, Partners in Early Learning® and a handout with tips on how to navigate difficult topics including migration, incarceration and community violence.
- Participate in safe gatherings and demonstrations virtually or while socially distancing that celebrate and protest (e.g. Juneteenth is an example of a recent gathering!)
- Join our inclusive community – register for virtual gatherings through Children’s Council’s website, including Tuesday Playgroups, a monthly “Parent Cafe” and other activities for families.
Remember, children pick up and learn more from adults than you might think. Here are additional ways to learn, reflect and take action.
Resources Specific to Parents and Educators
- Read this message from CEO Gina Former about Children's Council's commitment to stand with those who fight for justice, equality and peace.
- Listen to California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burk's interview on KQED about racism's impact on health and her experience as a Black parent right now
- Resource Roundup: "Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk about Race” by Pretty Good
- San Francisco Public Library’s Collection of Antiracist Books for Adults
- Webinar recording by ChildCareAware about Racial Justice and Equity in Child Care
- Creating Anti-Racist Childhood Spaces
- National Association for Educating Young Children: Anti-Bias Resources and Advancing Equity
- Center of Excellence of Infant and Earlychildhood Mental Health Consultation: Equity Resources
- Early Head Start: Children's Response to Tragic Events and Building Resilience to Stress & Trauma
- American Psychologic Association (APA): Talking to Kids About Discrimination
- EmbraceRace.org: 8 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Racial Injustice
- Parent Toolkit: How to Talk to your Kids about Race and Racism
- 15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Policing, Racism and Protest
- Tolerance.org: resources for educators related to Black Lives Matter, white privilege, police violence, religion and more
- Check out trainings, resources and more reflections for social change leaders from the Management Center, including "So you’ve declared that Black Lives Matter. Now what? and "How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven’t Been For Centuries)"
- Learn about systemic racism through this free online repository by Jstor