Amplifying the Voices of Black Families and Educators: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in Early Childhood Environments

As a result of anti-Black racism, Black children, including African Nova Scotian children, are provided with fewer learning opportunities compared to White children.

There is an opportunity gap in the early childhood period (1-5 years) that can impact children’s mental and physical wellbeing, academic achievement, and access to learning, recreation, and play opportunities.

In collaboration with On These Shoulders Research Collaborative at Dalhousie University, we conducted a research project to understand the experiences of early childhood educators (ECEs) and parents in Nova Scotia who have and care for young Black children through three areas:

  1. How Black children in Nova Scotia access play, including risky and outdoor play;
  2. How racism and discrimination are experienced by Black children in Nova Scotia in the early childhood period;
  3. How families and ECEs view the early learning and child care environment for Black children in Nova Scotia.

The Results 

Community Report – Amplifying the Voices of Black Families and Educators in Nova Scotia: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in Early Childhood Environments 

Video Presentation

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Amplifying the Voices of Black Families and Educators: A Community Event

In partnership with On These Shoulders Research Collaborative at Dalhousie University, we hosted a community event at the East Preston Recreation Centre on July 27, 2022.

We shared findings from interviews with early childhood educators and parents of Black children in Nova Scotia about their experiences with early learning and child care.

The event included a community brainstorm of actions for disrupting anti-Black racism in early childhood (pictured above).

We want to give a big thank you to Rach and Vanessa, Graphic Recorders, for facilitating the brainstorm and drawing the incredible murals to illustrate the voices of participants and those who attended the event.

 

More to come… stay tuned! 

Questions? Comments? 

Email: Jessie-Lee.McIsaac@msvu.ca