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Institutional Racism and Early Childhood Education.

The evidence for the long-term benefits of high-quality early childhood education is unequivocal. However, there is a relative dearth of research on how institutional racism—the combination of policies and practices inherent in social structures that create, perpetuate, and amplify race-based inequalities—operates in the context of early childhood education. The purpose of this project is to conduct preliminary research on this subject. In collaboration with the YWCA of Minneapolis, Moin Syed (Department of Psychology) and colleagues will collect data from parents and staff of early childhood education facilities using a narrative approach. Analyzing participants' stories affords an opportunity to understand the cultural, contextual, and psychological aspects of individuals' experiences, thereby providing deep insights into the phenomenon. Consistent with the priorities of the YWCA, the results of this research will be used to support advocacy efforts to increase and reprioritize funding for early childhood education programs that serve communities of color in Minnesota.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
YWCA of Minneapolis
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737