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Play, Implicit Bias and Discrimination in Early Childhood: Implications for Child Development

Release Date: 11-18-2014

The years from birth to age five, when a child’s brain is developing most rapidly, are crucial for improving educational, health and social outcomes later in life. Access to quality early care with opportunities for imaginative play is increasingly understood as foundational for later school success, creativity and social and emotional skill-building as part of healthy child development. Research also shows that experiences of discrimination can negatively impact well-being, but little is understood about how bias may operate in an early education context and how discrimination may affect very young children. This issue brief investigates this new line of research and examines the implications of racial discrimination and implicit bias in early childhood education.

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