Black Lives Matter

@Karen Barbour

As a collaborative, it is the mission of the Baby BEES team to work alongside and in partnership with our community. The values that drive our mission forward are now more important than ever, as the community works to combat inequity and injustice, and heals from the trauma of generational and systemic racism in our world. The last couple weeks have been filled with grief, anger, confusion, and mourning. Through all this, we have seen one of the biggest civil rights movements in history sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black lives at the hands of police. As researchers, and as individuals, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and are committed to upholding our mission with integrity. In doing so, we hope to inspire actionable change by providing resources to parents and families as they navigate raising children through a socially and racially conscious lens. We hope to continue to lead through collaborative partnerships across systems in order to contribute meaningfully to this global movement while putting to practice our social responsibility within the community.

In standing with the BLM movement, we are committed to ongoing reflection on how systemic racism pervades our field, and together we will continue to educate ourselves, check our own implicit biases, and hold ourselves accountable to enact change. In addition, the team at Baby BEES is made up of interdisciplinary students and educators, who together recognize the significance of our role to share knowledge and make information more accessible. As child development professionals, the mission of our work is to ensure better outcomes for future generations. Engaging parents and caregivers is central to that mission, and as our community continues to combat social injustice, the conversations we have with our children about race are transformative. Research shows that children as young as 3 months old already have learned preferences towards faces of their own race. This, and other studies, suggest that early conversations about race can prevent learned racism.

@The Children's Community School

These conversations can be difficult for parents, especially now with added stress and concerns for mental health and well-being imposed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. We hope that the resources provided below will serve as guidance to parents so they can have open, honest, and racially conscious discourse at home. It may be tempting to avoid these conversations out of fear that children are too young to understand racism and injustice, but it is important that parents actively address these realities to change implicit beliefs that children adopt throughout development. Beyond addressing their curiosities around race, parents, especially nonblack parents, should make a conscious effort to expose their children to diverse voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). 

We created a space here for families to educate themselves, engage in open dialogue, and enact real change. Below, we have compiled various mental health resources for BIPOC, and allyship resources for White families. We recognize that providing resources and faci