Let's Talk: A Toolkit for Conversations About Race Waitlist
While registration for this program is currently full, additional toolkits will become available once we are able to account for cancellations and unclaimed kits. We currently accepting registrations for our program waitlist.
By completing this form, you are registering for our toolkit waitlist. We will notify you when a toolkit has become available for your family. Kits will be available for in-person pickup at CMC only. Pickup dates will be provided to registrants as they become available.
The Program: The Children's Museum of Cleveland is partnering with The Diversity Institute at Cleveland State University to launch a new program Let's Talk: A Toolkit for Conversations About Race.
Research has found that children can identify race-based differences as early as infancy, and can internalize racial bias as early as 2-4 years old. When healthy associations are not formed early on, or when existing biases are not interrupted in young children these negative racial associations and beliefs become more difficult to change over time. One way to create positive change in young minds is for parents to engage in conversations surrounding race and racial bias early and often. Recognizing and working to address issues of racial bias can help build more just associations and un-biased thinkers. By confronting and providing consistent messaging to children, parents and caregivers can support this learning.
Toolkits: We will provide a toolkit that parents, caregivers, and educators may use to introduce or discuss the topics of race and racism with their children. The toolkit will provide age-appropriate information, resources for parents, conversation guides, a children's book, and interactive activities. The materials are designed for ages birth to age 8. All participants will receive the same guidebook that shares information for all ages, but you will only be given the activity materials for the age groups that you select in your registration.
Participation is free for all families.