Empowering parents, childcare providers, and early childhood educators with an understanding of the challenge of implicit racial bias and the tools to advance racial equity through modeling and open discussion with children are the hallmarks of Talking to Kids about Race (TTKAR). TTKAR workshops bring research-based, tried-and-true tools and techniques, as well as a critical awareness of the development of racial attitudes in early childhood to adults who work with or care for young children. Adult acknowledgement and validation of racial difference give children a healthy understanding of and attitude toward racial identities--their own and that of others. Likewise, affirmation of racial difference advances the development of positive identities in very young children, promoting a strong sense of self and belonging as a valued member of the community, and purpose in a secure understanding of the validity of their contributions and those of others.
TTKAR targets the youngest children--infants and toddlers up to age 5--in proactive development of positive racial attitudes and identities, setting children on a secure path of identity formation and positive social interaction at a very early age. Since its inception in 2012, TTKAR has reached 1,418 childcare providers, educators, and parents with techniques to proactively instill positive racial attitudes and identities in over 26,000 children they care for.