Early Risers: Waking up to Racial Equity in Early Childhood

About the Program

George Floyd’s death was a tragedy and a wake-up call that sparked a global racial reckoning. And for more than two years, our young children have been watching it all. So how do we help them make sense of what they’re seeing and hearing?

In this one-hour special, listeners will hear practical tips and insights from a variety of early childhood experts about how to talk with very young children about race and racism.

This is a special broadcast episode of the Early Risers podcast, which is a co-production of Minnesota Public Radio and Little Moments Count. Early Risers delivers frank facts, engaging stories and practical tips for anyone who cares about raising children with a clear-eyed understanding of cultural differences, race and implicit bias.


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May 25, 2022 - September 6, 2022

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Available to all APM affiliates; subscription to the APM Presents package is not required for carriage. Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before September 7, 2022. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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Dianne Haulcy

Known for her leadership and vast experience in the field of early childhood development and education, Dianne Haulcy serves as Senior Vice President of Family Engagement at Think Small, a Minesota-based organization that provides services, resources and advocacy for early childhood education. Following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, Dianne called on her colleagues in the early childhood field to wake up to the reality of racism and implicit bias in how we’re raising and teaching our children. The seed for Early Risers was planted – a podcast about racial equity in early childhood, along with a hope that we can raise a generation that will bring a new dawn of racial equity for the future.

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