Anti- bias Approach to Education

What is Anti-bias Education?

Anti-bias Education is an integrated stance through which teachers evaluate, alter, and design all aspects of their classroom, their routines and management, and their curriculum to create more and more equitable and inclusive experiences for students.

  • It is a part of everything we do:

    • How we set up the classroom and the materials we use

    • How we plan curriculum

    • How we interact with children

    • How we work with families

  • It is fully integrated into the daily life of our classrooms and our social curriculum

    • Building community

    • Being with one others

    • Developing equitable systems



Why do we implement an Anti-bias Education approach?

  • Because bias, privilege and power are built into our society and systems; and impact all children’s development and lives.

  • Anti-bias education is part of a bigger process of creating a society that is equitable and just for all.

  • Because preschool is often the first community membership experience for children (and sometimes families), outside of their homes.  It is important that we provide opportunities and plant foundational seeds for this process of life-long learning.

  • Because all children have a right to:

    • become their fullest selves

    • become culturally-aware people

    • develop a full sense of fairness

    • seek equity (active participation) for all.


Anti-bias Education has 4 Primary Goals (Derman-Sparks, 2010, Teaching Tolerance

Click on each goal to read preschool outcomes

NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children 

Equity Statement