African American Children in Early Childhood Education: Making the Case for Policy Investments in Families, Schools, and Communities, 1st Edition

  • Iheoma U. Iruka
  • Stephanie M. Curenton
  • Tonia R. Durden
  • Published By: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • ISBN-10: 1787142582
  • ISBN-13: 9781787142589
  • DDC: 371.829
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 344 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released October 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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    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. It 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
Striving for Educational Equity.
1: Introduction.
2: Ring the Alarm: Moving from Educational Gaps to Educational Opportunities for Black Students*.
3: Pathways to Excellence — What We Know Works for Nurturing Black Children's Success.
4: Historical Analysis: Tracking, Problematizing, and Reterritorializing Achievement and the Achievement Gap.
5: Cultivating Genius: Black Children and Gifted Education.
6: Viewing African American Children's Oral Language Skills as a Strength.
Home and School Environmental Contexts.
7: Home-School Partnerships in Support of Young Children's Development: The Intersection of Relationships, Rurality, and Race.
8: The Experiences and Effects of Toxic Stress on Young African American Children.
9: Father Involvement and Early Childhood Development in African American Families: Implications for Research, Practice, and Policy.
10: African American Fathers' Mental Health & Child Well-Being: A Cultural Practices, Strengths-Based Perspective.
Preparing Teachers and Improving Practice.
11: Teaching About Racial Equity Issues in Teacher Education Programs.
12: Teaching Children to Fail: How Early Education Is Failing Black Youth*.
13: The Economic Realities of Early Childhood Education in the United States and the Policy Implications for Economically Disadvantaged Children, Families, and the Child Care Workforce.
14: Afterword: Working Toward Better Outcomes for Children and their Families.
About the Authors.