Additional Program Details

More About HOW

The following is a summary of what research has identified as early childhood development and teaching best practices. This summary includes two sets of such practices—those which will form the core of the program (Core Best Practices) and those which will be applied as they best fit certain aspects of the program’s delivery (Supporting Best Practices).

Core Best Practices:

  1. Play
  2. Storytelling and story-acting
  3. One-on-one conversations
  4. Small group conversations
  5. Books

Supporting Best Practices:

  1. Artwork (particularly children’s own artwork and photos of themselves and other children)
  2. Dolls
  3. Pretend play materials (e.g., house, office, doctor, fire station, restaurant, store)
  4. Blocks
  5. Puzzles
  6. Music and songs (rhyming can be a predictor of reading)
  7. Dance
  8. Food (and smells)
  9. Modeling care, thoughtfulness, and kindness
  10. Addressing real-time situations in the classroom
  11. Addressing situations in the child’s home that the child brings up herself/himself

In addition, there are a set of educational principles that will be applied to shape the environments in which the Before Racism™ program will be delivered. Those environments will be:

  1. Developmentally appropriate with respect to age and abilities (e.g., cognitive, social-emotional, language, other developmental markers)
  2. Physically and psychologically safe (e.g., loose rugs taped down, covered outlets)
  3. Active and inviting (e.g., pretend play, block activity, art, activities that encourage exploration)
  4. Homelike (e.g., lamps, cushions, couches, rugs, pillows)