Black Joy & Black Dreams in Early Childhood


Black children experience disparities and anti-Black racism before they are born and throughout their lives, including in early education environments. Recent research documents these disparities. However, there are few venues to focus on strength-based, anti-Black racism solutions to these systemic inequities in early childhood. Ms. Bunche Smith and Dr. Iruka will explain how to identify and begin to dismantle anti-Black racism in early childhood, in the context of research, practice.

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  1. Participants will be able to define and identify examples of anti-Black racism in early childhood education.
  2. Participants will explore and understand current research that centers Black children in early childhood from a strengths-based perspective.
  3. Participants will commit to one action that will begin to dismantle anti-Black racism in early childhood in their personal and professional lives.



Takiema Bunche Smith, President and Founder, Anahsa, LLC

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