U.S. Early Childhood Multicultural Education

Authored by: Francis Wardle

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415884341
eBook ISBN: 9780203841198
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897023

10.4324/9780203841198.ch19

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Abstract

Derman-Sparks and the ABC Taskforce’s seminal book The Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children, was published in 1989. In 2010 the much-anticipated revised edition, Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Derman-Sparks and Edwards was issued. Thus it is a fitting time to examine the state of early childhood multicultural education in the United States. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), early childhood education covers infants from birth through age 8. Children in this age group are served in a variety of settings, from family child care and nannies, to Head Start programs, community-based centers, and public school early childhood programs. In the field people who work with young children are variously called childcare providers, childcare workers, caregivers, teachers, and paraprofessionals (Neugebauer, 1999). In this chapter these names will be used interchangeably to describe people who work with children from birth to 8 years old.

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