Research Snapshot: Family Experiences and Anti-Black Racism in Early Childhood Education

Summary of a study on how anti-Black racism affects Black Canadians in early childhood

February 22, 2024

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Anti-Black racism is a specific form of racism that targets people of African descent. It has its roots in European colonialism, the slave trade, and state-sanctioned segregation. It is recognized as harmful to the psychosocial, educational, and health outcomes of Black Canadians. However, there is limited research on the effects of anti-Black racism in early childhood.

This study examines the effects of anti-Black racism through the lived experiences of Black families with young children and early childhood educators (ECEs).

This research builds on our growing understanding of the Family Identity component of the Vanier Institute’s Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework.

Stirling-Cameron, E., Hickens, N., Watson, C., Hamilton-Hinch, B., Pimentel, M., & McIsaac, J.-L. D. (2023). Anti-Black racism in the early years: The experiences of Black families and early childhood educators in Nova Scotia. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 43(8), 355–364.

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