In response to recent events in the United States, now is a crucial time to think about how we’re teaching our children – and ourselves – to combat racism. Below is a growing list of resources from PBS and trusted partners, to use as tools to support anti-racist learning and growth.
For a deeper dive, visit our related posts on remote learning resources for grades 6-12; how to use media to talk about racism, talking to preschoolers about race; book lists for all ages; engaging in anti-racist work; and racial justice and art.
- Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism
This collection of articles and videos provides families with tips and resources to help facilitate meaningful conversations about race and racism with young children.
- National Museum of African American History: Talking About Race
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture provides advice and resources on how you and your family can talk about race and learn about others’ experiences.
- Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke from the University of South Carolina presents an extensive compilation of resources for people ready to learn more and have difficult conversations. The resources are color-coded by intended audience and use, with green representing resources designed for children.
- Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Toward Black Americans
Use this teaching guide from Facing History and Ourselves to begin conversations with students about recent events.
- Beyond the Golden Rule: A Teaching Tolerance Publication
Teaching Tolerance provides a helpful guide for parents to talk with children of all ages about preventing and responding to prejudice.
- Talking with Children About Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests
Dr. Laura, in this Aha! Parenting article, gives advice to parents about discussing race and troubling current events with toddlers, preschoolers, elementary schoolers, preteens, and teens, tailoring her advice depending on the child’s developmental readiness. (Note: This article’s advice is primarily geared towards white families but may be useful for many families.)