During this time, we will be sharing online resources for families and children, including the best sites to get information about how to talk to young children about race and racism. Please check back regularly for new content.
SC First Steps Values
At South Carolina First Steps, we know that to accomplish our mission, we must recognize and address the disparities caused by systemic inequities, including racism. That is why equity is among our core values and part of our commitment to our colleagues, our partners, and the children and families we serve. At this critical moment, we are leaning in to these principles and recommitting ourselves to racial equity and inclusion at every level of our organization.
Our 2020–2025 Strategic Plan focuses our attention on closing gaps through equity, ensuring a fair chance for every child. As we move forward, we will be listening, learning, and striving always to do better. We must ensure all people have the opportunity and resources to be successful and that all voices are solicited and heard. We know our children’s futures depend on it.
What Do Children Know About Race?
Talking to Young Children about Race & Racism
The Rising Voices Library, created with David C. Banks, provides students with high-interest, culturally relevant texts that give context to what they’re experiencing in the world around them. These materials build a rich classroom community, enabling deep discussions about social justice issues and identity development while giving students the tools to grow as leaders and thinkers.