A Step-by-Step Guide for Programs and Schools
Coaching for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging in Early Childhood
Early Childhood

Written by two experts on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging, this is the first step‐by‐step guide to coaching early childhood educators in DEIAB practices. Whether you're looking to launch transformative work or expand the work that your program or school is already doing, this timely book will empower educators to ensure equity, access, and belonging for all children and families.

Contains Companion Materials
56870 978-1-68125-687-0
2023 176
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As early childhood learning environments grow more and more diverse, schools and programs must address inequitable practices and policies so that every child learns, belongs, and thrives. The practical solutions programs need are in this groundbreaking book, the first guide to coaching early childhood educators in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging (DEIAB) practices.

Expertly converting theory into concrete action steps, this book is a reader‐friendly, step‐by‐step guide to launching transformative DEIAB work—or expanding the work your program or school is already doing. You'll discover how to coach early childhood educators in creating an equity‐focused classroom culture, providing them with guidance on instructional delivery, curriculum content, and teaching materials. You'll learn how to advance multicultural education by implementing big‐picture changes to program policies, hiring practices, and marketing materials. Throughout the book, an illuminating case study traces the progress and setbacks of a sample program as they use an equity‐based lens to enhance their learning environments and teaching practices.

An essential professional development resource for school and program leaders and an ideal textbook for early education courses, this timely book will help you empower educators to ensure equity, access, and belonging for all children and families.

Learn How To:

  • Use the invaluable Anti‐Ism Scale to assess your program's current status and monitor growth
  • Recognize your program's "hidden curriculum"—biases embedded in policies, practices, and materials
  • Identify how the intersectionality of social identities influence each person's experiences, both positively and negatively
  • Create an effective action plan to coach educators on a journey toward greater equality and inclusion
  • Put your DEIAB plan into action through book studies, Equity and Diversity Workgroups, and other team learning opportunities
  • Implement structural changes to support a multicultural curriculum, diverse staffing, and policies that uplift everyone
  • Overcome obstacles to DEIAB work, from communication blocks to staff and community resistance
  • Ensure continuous growth and improvement through ongoing assessment and reflection


Part I Background on DEIAB for EI/ECE

Chapter 1 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging
Chapter 2 Purposeful Language to Coach and Lead
Chapter 3 Communicating through Discomfort

Part II The Role and Challenges of Coaches & Leaders in Addressing DEIAB Transformation

Chapter 4 Importance of Coaching and Supervising
Chapter 5 Planning to Start the Work
Chapter 7 Initial Group Learning
Chapter 8 Equity and Diversity Workgroup
Chapter 9 Program Integration
Chapter 10 Structural (Transformative) Change
Chapter 11 Implications for Wider Change
Chapter 12 Epilogue: Keep the Momentum Going



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Serene Stevens, My Sweet Pea and Me, LLC - February 24, 2023
"Amazingly wonderful and comprehensible…a 'one-stop-shopping' source for individuals and teams in ECE to build equitable communities for students, families, and educators. This is undoubtedly a resource to add to the library of any individual or organization who is looking to impact systemic change."
Evandra Catherine, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Children’s Equity Project, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University - February 5, 2023
"The timeliness of this text is impeccable. In the past five years there have been significant attempts by states to ban CRT and to control the access, experiences, and outcomes of BIPOC peoples. Within this context, Reinking and Thigpen have masterfully crafted this text that can guide coaches and others as they engage BIPOC children and families in early learning environments. This text provides practitioners with opportunities to reflect and challenge dominant ways of thinking through concrete suggestions and case studies, despite where they may be on their social justice journey. There is no better time than now that the early childhood field embraces this text as we move to reconceptualize early childhood education."
Tameka Ardrey, Ph.D., Program Chair, Birth–Kindergarten Teacher Education, School of Human Ecology, Georgia Southern University - February 3, 2023
"This text is not only timely but has the ability to be transformative if intentionally applied. Reinking and Thigpen provide detailed, practical strategies for early education leaders to advance all aspects of equity in early childhood environments. The need for change is long overdue and this text contributes to the work that pushes those changes forward."
Elizabeth Sherwood, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville - February 2, 2023
"Reinking’s and Thigpen’s work is built on a foundation of sound scholarship and rich personal experiences. They acknowledge the challenges of working toward support for diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging in early childhood settings and provide meaningful strategies for individuals and programs regardless of where they are in this important journey. The book is filled with tools for reflection, planning, and assessment that leaders will find useful in taking on this meaningful work. Many stories from their extensive interactions with a variety of educators make these tools come to life. In addition, they provide concrete and realistic suggestions for working through the tensions and divisions that can occur when diverse groups of people confront difficult issues. Whether you are just beginning conversations about the complexity of equity or are farther along the path, Reinking’s and Thigpen’s book is an outstanding resource to guide you on your way."
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