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Why do people look different?

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Why do people look different?

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3 minutes
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3-5 years

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All kids need a strong individual and group identity, but racism hurts the healthy development of both. Racism hurts our entire society. Whether you and the children in your care are directly affected by racism or your allies of those who are, engaging honestly and directly with little ones is the beginning of building racial literacy (the skills needed to talk thoughtfully about race and to identify and respond to racism). Here are resources to develop children’s understanding, curiosity, resilience, and empathy—and to prepare for the task of building a better world by standing up, standing tall, and standing together.

Explaining What is Race?

Building racial literacy is essential to thriving within the world as it is, while simultaneously striving to build an antiracist world. Children need to feel affirmed in what they notice about the people and world around them, while also equipped with language to understand.

When Elmo notices that some of the leaves in the park match his red fur and some match his friend Wes’s brown skin, he wonders how skin gets its color. Wes’s dad Elijah explains it’s from melanin – something everyone has in their bodies that gives us our skin, eye, and hair color.

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Sesame Street in Communities builds on our almost 50-year commitment to caring for the developmental, physical, and emotional needs of children. Thoroughly researched and tested with families, these resources are proven to make a measurable difference for kids, and make your job as a parent a little bit easier. Through community partnerships, engagement efforts, and a constantly growing bank of materials, Sesame Street in Communities will continue to expand. As your children’s needs grow and change, we’ll have the right resources to help them grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Because we’re all in this together.

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