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Combating Bias in Early Education: From Conversation to Practice

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This training is designed to help early childhood educators, administrators, and support staff recognize how self and group identity is formed in the earliest years of a child’s life and how bias and culture affects that formation. The training gives educators tools to recognize personal bias, identify personal culture, and provides in-class activities that will strengthen classroom environments and family relationships.

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Course Deliver Method
Virtual instructor-led. Internet access and a device, such as a smart phone (not recommended) or a laptop/desktop computer (recommended), is required. Virtual platform link will be emailed to participants. Please see registration information below.

Target Audience
School administrators, directors, early childhood educators, infant-toddler staff, family child care providers, and support staff.

Participants should have earned a Colorado Early Childhood Credential Level II before taking this course.

$150/per person. School administrators and directors may contact Elisha Stewart,, to arrange for a whole program event and to discuss program pricing.
Upon completion, learner will be able to:
  • Use training handouts to assist in identifying personal bias and begin to recognize how self and group-identity is formed.

  • Using provided article, learners will identify several external influences that negatively and positively affect self and group identity in children.

  • Participants will observe vignettes and identify several instances of how what is occurring impacts children’s self-identity via social messages.

  • Using presentation content on disempowering perspectives and frame of reference activities, participants will state two or more ways lessons plans influence self and group identity and will plan one or more activities that have a positive impact on the children in their care.

  • Identify five details about the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators to gain an understanding of the competencies that are aligned with this course.

This training aligns to Colorado's Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.

Child Growth Development and Learning 7.2 Plans and implements classroom experiences that support each child’s strengths, needs, and multiple influences.

Family and Community Partnership 5.3 Analyzes own barriers and biases that might hinder the development of mutually respectful relationships with families and community.

Professional Development and Learning 5.1 Identifies professional resources at local, state, and national level.

Teaching Practices 33.2 Plans and monitors experiences and strategies that help children feel like valued members of the group while supporting the development of a positive self-concept and identity.

Teaching Practices 36.1 States the impact of culture, language, and diversity on children's social and emotional development.


Participants register for events through Colorado Shines PDIS. Please see below. Please click here to pay the $150 fee. School administrators and directors may contact Elisha Stewart,, to arrange for a whole program event and to discuss program pricing.

Last Update 2/18/2021

Additional Information
This course has been recognized as aligned to The Colorado Competencies and meeting best practice standards for adult instruction through the Colorado Shines PDIS Training Alignment Process. The Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities, issued by the Division of Early Care and Learning, Colorado Department of Human Services, take precedence over any course content.

To view Child Care Licensing Rules:

For more information, contact your child care licensing specialist.

Please note, instructors will mark your attendance and course completion in the Colorado Shines PDIS within seven days of the course event date. Paper certificates might not be issued at this training. You may confirm your course completion, view, and print an online certificate through My Dashboard – My PDIS Transcript menu navigation of the Colorado Shines PDIS. Please do not upload a course certificate that is already linked to your Colorado Shines PDIS account as this may delay processing of professional credentials.
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