This article, written by Aisha White, Ph.D., for PBS Kids is a great read for educators who are looking for new ways to celebrate Black history with the children in their care. Dr. White is the director of the P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) Program at the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development. In her article, Dr. White shares how Black art can help children learn about history and culture:
“When presented in ways that children can appreciate, art has been proven to produce academic benefits such as increased vocabulary, plus math and reading growth, as well as behavioral benefits such as social-emotional learning…The arts in general, and Black art in particular, can help children resist race-based negativity, giving them the strength, confidence and self-assurance that will help protect them from racial injustices for years to come.”
Together with the CA Black Health Network, and CA Black Women’s Health Project, The Children’s Partnership has released a data snapshot that centers Black children and youth in California, entitled A Child Is A Child. The snapshot focuses on the backgrounds and resilience of Black children and youth, as well as systemic inequities and challenges they face across a range of issues that negatively impact healthy development. The data snapshot also uplifts community-defined practices and care that develop and reinforce protective factors— conditions or attributes that help mitigate or eliminate risks to health and well-being in Black children and youth.
This article from Zero Three celebrates Black History Month by recognizing the impact of Black early childhood educators, authors, and caregivers. You’ll find inspiring interviews with Black leaders in the early childhood field, including the following:
Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, Professor of Social Work at Columbia and President of the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors
Clinton Boyd, Jr., Ph.D., the Executive Director of Fathers, Families, & Healthy Communities and a former ZERO TO THREE Fellow
Tammy Mann, PhD, President and CEO for The Campagna Center and Chair of the Committee on the Board of Directors of ZERO TO THREE.