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October 3, 2019

Advancing Equity: The Story of a Position Statement

In 2017, after a review of NAEYC’s current position statements, the Governing Board charged the Early Learning Systems Committee with revising both the DAP and Teacher Preparation position statements. This pointed to the need for Advancing Equity.

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Authored by: Elisa Huss-Hage
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Celebrate Your Child’s Multilingualism!

As a parent of a child learning two or more languages, you can help sustain your child’s ability and interest in using all the languages they hear by being enthusiastic and playful about multilingualism. Here are some suggestions.
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September 26, 2019

An Early Educators’ Guide to Resources for Immigrant Families

We are pleased to launch Equity in Action, a blog series exploring the many ways early childhood educators and administrators, higher education faculty members, policymakers, advocates, and other ECE allies can bring this statement to life in practice.

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Authored by: Hannah Matthews
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2019

Less Is More: Taking Distractions Out of the Physical Environment

As explained in this article, the decorations in your preschool classroom can play an important role in helping children feel welcomed, calm, and ready to learn.

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Authored by: Kristen Kennen
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2019

Using the Village to Raise a Reader

In this article, we explore the key roles that teachers, families, and community initiatives like those underway at some laundromats play in helping children become ready to read.

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Authored by: Donna C. Celano, Susan B. Neuman
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2019

Many Languages, One Community: Engaging All Families

This article shares strategies that one center uses to meaningfully engage all families—including multilingual families—in their preschool community.

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Authored by: Lorraine Cooke
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Advancing Equity: Endnotes

The endnotes are available as a PDF for readers to print and use as they read the statement.
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Conclusion and Acknowledgements

NAEYC appreciates the work of the Developmentally Appropriate Practice/Diversity and Equity Workgroup and the Early Learning Systems Committee, who participated in the development of this statement.  See a full list here.
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Recommendations for Public Policymakers

Work to change any policy that either directly or through unintended negative consequences undermines children’s physical and emotional well-being or weakens the bonds between children and their families.
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