African American Children in Early Childhood Education: Making the Case for Policy Investments in Families, Schools, and Communities Vol: 5

Iheoma U. Iruka
University of Nebraska, USA

Stephanie M. Curenton
Rutgers University, USA

Tonia R. Durden
Georgia State University, USA

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31 May 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
344 pages - 152 x 229mm
Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education
Approximately 45% of young black children in the United States (under the age of six) live in poverty. It is well documented that education and economic security are inextricably linked and that early learning and early reading are undisputed contributors to a successful education. This book presents both the challenges and opportunities that exist for addressing the critical needs of black children, who have been historically underserved in the U.S. education system. 
This book explores the language, cognitive, social-emotional, and health development of black children from birth to age 8. The chapters approach this in three ways; first, they tackle why it is problematic to only characterize Black children’s accomplishment in terms of “academic achievement.” Second, they discuss the importance of the home-school environment connection. Lastly, they discuss the changes that need to be in teacher preparation in order to ensure that the workforce can practice racial equity in the classroom. These issues are woven together by a call to close the education opportunity gap via ‘equity adjustments’ that can target educational and health disparities facing the black community.
Education, psychology, and public health researchers mainly from the US provide 14 chapters on improving the early childhood education and well-being of young African American children through equivalent resources and opportunities and equity in terms of additional resources targeted at correcting disparities. They address issues related to academic achievement, including increasing educational opportunities, alternative approaches and successful programs for educating black children, how historical and contemporary educational practices have worked against black students, gifted education, learning styles, and oral language skills; home-school contexts, including black fatherhood, parenting styles, the role of poverty and toxic stress, and home-school partnerships; and teacher preparation issues, including teaching about racial equity in teacher education and tackling the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as workforce aspects of early childhood education.

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