Helping young Black children feel proud of their skin color.
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.