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Talking to Children About Race, Gender, and Social Issues: Review and Recommendations

February 9, 2022

Key Findings 

Children are born categorizers; they already notice different kinds of people and are being treated differently.
Educators and caregivers can foster safe, respectful conversations in age-appropriate ways; development research identifies benefits to providing simple descriptions of complex concepts, validating children’s emotions related to their lived experiences, and highlighting cultural strengths and positive experiences to belonging to social

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