Anti-Bias, AntiRacist (ABAR) Education

Anti-bias, antiracist (ABAR) education supports all children’s full development in our multiracial, multilingual, multicultural world and gives them the tools to stand up to prejudice, stereotyping, bias, and eventually to institutional ‘isms’.

Excerpt from Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards.

Crossroads offers a one-day Introduction to Anti-Bias, AntiRacist (ABAR) Education workshop and a two-day advanced Developing Anti-Bias,AntiRacist (ABAR) Education workshop. These workshops were developed in close collaboration with long-time colleague and noted expert in the field of early childhood education Louise Derman-Sparks (author and Professor Emeritus at Pacific Oaks College). These workshops are designed for educators working in all settings including early childhood, religious education, after school programs, K-12, public and private schools, and teacher education programs at colleges and universities.

The connection between Crossroads Power Analysis and the four Anti-Bias Education Goals© (used below with permission) is integral to our anti-bias/antiracist education training models:

Contact us to discuss how the Developing Anti-Bias/Antiracist Identities workshop can move your organizing forward.

“The Perry Preschool Project is one of the most famous education experiments of the last 50 years. The study asked a question: Can preschool boost the IQ scores of poor African American children and prevent them from failing in school? The surprising results are now challenging widely-held notions about what helps people succeed – in school, and in life.”

—American Radio Works, 10/30/09

Early Childhood Education in the U.S.

The emphasis on early childhood education (pre-K) began in the late 1950’s – a time when no one was talking about achievement gaps. Some educators noticed that while in general white students were doing fine, many poor children of color were repeating grades – some even being labeled educable mentally retarded. It was clear they needed to identify the root of the problem. Enter the Perry Preschool Project.

Louise Derman-Sparks, noted early childhood expert and Crossroads Trainer, first worked in Ypsilanti, MI at the Perry Preschool. In 2009 she participated in the American Radio Works documentary looking back over the 50 years since the Perry Preschool Project’s pioneering work began. Listen to the documentary here:



The book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, 2nd Ed NAYEC (2009) is available through NAYEC.

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