Early Childhood: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Every child should see themselves reflected in their early learning experiences. We will include literature, art and examples of real-life knowledge that captures the cultural richness of all early learners and supports children in appreciating differences and diversity.

promise to grow book“A Promise to Grow” follows the story of CJ, a kind-hearted young boy with big dreams who likes to do good deeds. Inspired to help someone out, he creates a community garden in his Westhaven neighborhood in Charlottesville, Virginia. READ MORE


book"My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams" was inspired by Ava Holloway and Kennedy George, two ballerinas. Their photos were taken by Marcus Ingram and Julia Rendleman in front of the monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, in Richmond, Virginia. Ultimately, those photographs went viral, and this moment propelled the duo into a summer of activism and dance. READ MORE


Download this information (PDF) on the Virginia Department of Education’s commitment to equity in education.

VPM uses the power of public media to educate, entertain, and inspire. We explored equity in education through our virtual and TV series Racism: Challenging Perceptions. Watch Part 2 of the series "Equity in Education."

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Graphic: PBSTeachersLounge

Shining an Equitable Lens on Every Student
Educators are leaning in and being very intentional about equity in education. Still, some educators may have questions about how to best support their diverse students and lead them toward a path of educational success. Check out this article for more information and support for your own equitable learning environment (from PBS TeachersLounge).

Media has the power to educate and explore differences, especially for young children. Check out resources here:

Virginia Department of Education: A Teacher’s Guide to Educational Media for Diversity and Equity (PDF)

PBS LearningMedia: Expanding Narratives Using Media: A Planning Kit – This collection has been carefully selected by New York City educator and curriculum consultant Vivett Dukes to showcase ideas, achievements, and contributions by American people of all backgrounds across eras. The content highlighted within each topic is intended to expand the scope of voices centered in curricula by elevating Black, Indigenous, and People of Color stories. These resource sets are intended to inspire you, educators, to use Learning Media intentionally and creatively to teach topics across all subject areas.