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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Bias Resources

Systemic barriers that perpetuate the long-standing opportunity and achievement gaps between white and Black students – which start in early childhood – must be addressed in programs that serve young children. Several key barriers exist within early childhood education that prevent equitable learning experiences for children of color, including:
 
  • Implicit racial bias;
  • Inequitable policies and practices;
  • Cultural disconnect between home and school; and
  • Inadequate teacher preparation.

In an effort to create learning environments that are more diverse, inclusive, and reflective of our culturally diverse society, farm to school programs should keep in mind the equity-minded best practices outlined in our Farm to Preschool Toolkit Equity Statement.

Questions and considerations that we use to guide our work

  • Who are we representing?
  • Who are we leaving out?
  • How can we create inclusive language and activities?
  • Whose voices are we elevating?
  • What experiences are we normalizing and/or centering?
  • Are we reinforcing stereotypes?
  • Are we promoting critical thinking and the exploration of diverse experiences and perspectives?
  • Who are our resources accessible to? How can we expand their accessibility? 

Parents and educators will find additional resources below that can be used to teach children about race, racism, diversity, and inclusion. 

Equity and Diversity Children’s Literature Lists

  • Growing Minds farm to school literature database: type “diversity” into the search bar to find books that feature diverse characters and perspectives
  • Children’s books about farm workers and migrant workers
  • Books for Littles: Books with an equity focus for children ages birth-7
  • The Brown Bookshelf: Designed to increase awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers
  • A Mighty Girl: Book (and movie, music, and toy) recommendations that celebrate girls and women of diverse backgrounds
  • Social Justice Books: multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators
  • Diverse Book Finder: searchable database of children’s books, plus real-time data on representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in picture books
  • Cookbook: Good for Me Recipe Book (National Black Child Development Institute)
  • Colorful Pages Coalition: grassroots organization getting books into the hands of children that are about children of color and written by authors of color (local to WNC)

Anti-Bias, Equity, and Inclusion Resources for Educators and Parents

Articles 

Books

Videos

  • TEDx talk with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations about Race

Food systems, farm to school, and cooking resources

Would you like to recommend a resource that you don’t see on this list? Please send us an email and let us know. This is a living page that we will be adding to and editing as we continue to learn and grow.