ANTI-BIAS PRACTICES


Because of our shared values of anti-racism and social justice, we look for opportunities in childrens’ play to challenge their thinking about ethnic, cultural, disability, family, class and gender bias.

While RIFC is committed to emergent curriculum, we’re also dedicated to our shared values of anti-racism and social justice. Because of this, we look for opportunities in the children’s play to challenge their thinking about ethnic, cultural, disability, family, class and gender bias. When necessary, we even create situations of “disequilibrium” to provoke questions and create room for new ideas.

Our goal is to grow these discussions naturally from topics children are already engaged in, but because of our belief in the importance of this work, we won’t always wait for the subject to emerge from the children. At these times, we very carefully and intentionally introduce new activities or topics of discussions to share with the children in our care.


The four goals of a culturally relevant anti-bias approach are:

  • Goal 1: Demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride and positive social identities.
  • Goal 2: Express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.
  • Goal 3: Recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness and understand that unfairness hurts.
  • Goal 4: Demonstrate empowerment and skills to act, with others and alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions. 


Some examples of this are bringing in books about social activism to share at meeting time, mixing paint to match our own skin tones in the art studio, setting out construction vehicles with female construction workers, or using our “persona dolls” to tell stories from a different cultural perspective.

We consistently share our intensions and activities with families through parent-teacher conferences three times a year, parent meetings, classroom blogs, e-mails, printed documentation posted in the classrooms, and make ourselves available for questions and new ideas.