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Helping Children Understand and Celebrate Differences From a Young Age

On this episode of The Preschool Podcast we connect with Dr. Donna Housman, Founder & CEO of Housman Institute. The Housman Institute is a research, training and advocacy organization that supports emotional, cognitive, and social early learning from children 0-6. 

Donna discusses with our audience how educators, families and adults can educate children about the differences in others right from birth. Dr. Housman explains that because the brain is developing so rapidly in children in their earliest years, starting at birth, we have a window of opportunity to help build children’s knowledge and understanding of differences in others, and that these  vitally important skills will be ingrained in them for the rest of their lives. 

Dr. Housman provides our audience with tangible ways adults can discuss, open the conversation, highlight and celebrate differences with young children.

Children are born ready to learn with an insatiable curiosity and sense of wonder, oftentimes we make the assumption that understanding differences is engrained. While they begin to notice and question everything from the start, children have not yet formed their understanding and critical judgment of differences.

Dr. Donna Housman, The Preschool Podcast.

Want to learn more about this topic and how to facilitate the conversation around differences in children? Connect with Donna or learn more about the Housman Institute through their website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or, Youtube

Episode 283 Transcripts Coming Soon.

Kiah Price

Kiah Price is a Social Media Specialist at HiMama. Prior to HiMama she was an Early Childhood Educator in a preschool classroom in Toronto. She is the Jill of all trades at HiMama from dipping her toes in Sales, Customer Success, Operations, and Marketing! She enjoys sweating through spin classes, hot yoga, and biking along the waterfront trails in Toronto. She loves traveling and trying new foods and wines across the globe- 29 countries and counting!

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