Helping young Black children feel proud of their skin color.

What is P.r.i.d.e.?


What is P.R.I.D.E.?

 P.R.I.D.E. stands for Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education. Our goals are to: help young African American children develop a positive racial identity, support teachers and parents by building their racial knowledge, and raise awareness of the impact of race on young children. P.R.I.D.E. is a program within the Office of Child Development, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

For young children within the ages of 3 to 8, having a positive racial identity means feeling good about one’s physical features, heritage, and history. This concept is vitally important to young Black children’s healthy growth and development, and it’s one backed by research. Studies have shown that when young Black children are socialized to see themselves in positive ways, those attitudes can lead to positive outcomes like increased test scores, better factual recall, and improved problem-solving skills. Backed by the knowledge and understanding of this research, the P.R.I.D.E. Program was designed to be a protective factor for young children, ages 3 to 8, who are often inundated with social messages that can lead them to prefer White.

P.R.I.D.E. helps parents, caregivers, educators, and community leaders learn about the many ways race impacts young children, as well as helping them understand the important of discussing race with young children. We provide them with various learning opportunities, including: trainings for educators and artists, Parent Village sessions for Black children, and art festivals created to immerse young Black children in a space designed to celebrate them. Research and evaluation is also built into P.R.I.D.E. to regularly assess program components.


What P.R.I.D.E. Does

Through a blend of interactive professional development for educators, classes with parents, dynamic arts festivals, and community engagement, the P.R.I.D.E. program fosters positive racial identity in Black children, aged 3 to 8, in the city of Pittsburgh.

Speaker Series

Presenting renowned speakers and thought-provoking discussions about race, education, and young children

Parent Village

Helping parents and caregivers engage children in conversations about race

Professional Development

Providing educators with knowledge and skills to support their students’ positive racial identity

The P.R.I.D.E. program was born out of the 2016 study “Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education: Understanding P.R.I.D.E. in Pittsburgh.” The report details the scholarship supporting positive racial identity. Today, the P.R.I.D.E. team is constantly learning and incorporating new research into our work. P.R.I.D.E. News collects the latest news about the program as well as new research on racial identity and education. The P.R.I.D.E. Teacher’s Corner offers education news and tips for discussing race, differences, and culture in the classroom.

Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Eduation, P.R.I.D.E. Program event featuring School of Education Dean Valerie Kinloch held at Lawrence Hall, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 2146
P.R.I.D.E. News
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P.R.I.D.E. Report
Teacher's Corner

P.R.I.D.E. Pillars

Building Parenting Skills

The Parent Village parent-child curriculum is based on core child development needs. It helps parents understand race, culture, racial identity, and socialization and that supports them in building P.R.I.D.E. in their children.

Incorporating the Arts

Our Pop Up Mini Art Festivals are part arts festival, part block party. It’s one of first events in the country to specifically target African American children with art, music, and dance that celebrates Africana history and culture.

Professsional Development

In order to equip educators and others who work with children with the skills and training necessary to promote P.R.I.D.E. in young children, the team conducts Professional Development sessions tailored to meet the specific needs of programs and organizations. P.R.I.D.E. also supports a year-long Teacher Cohort group through trainings, readings, and ongoing communication and support.

Educating the Public

The Speaker Series raises awareness around issues of race and young children by bringing in speakers and practitioners to discuss P.R.I.D.E. and the intersection of race and early education.

Furthering P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship

P.R.I.D.E. is committed to the Evaluation of positive racial identity development practice and the development of a measure of P.R.I.D.E. activity and practices, sharing additional findings and Research, and inspiring future P.R.I.D.E. efforts.

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