Helping Black children understand race
and embrace their ethnicity and heritage

Who we Are

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.
Helping parents and caregivers engage children in conversations about race
Presenting captivating discussions about race and young children
Celebrating Africana culture through arts activities designed for Black children
Providing educators with knowledge and skills to support a child's positive racial identity


The P.R.I.D.E. Program was born out of the 2016 study entitled “Positive Racial identity Development in Early Education: Understanding P.R.I.D.E. in Pittsburgh.” The report details the scholarship supporting positive racial identity. But that’s just where our research began. We have since conducted our own research while continually learning and incorporating new research into our work.

P.R.I.D.E. Pillars


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 positive racial identity in their children.


Our Pop Up Mini Art Festivals are part arts festival, part block party. The festivals are one of the only events in the country to specifically target young Black children with art, music, and dance that celebrates Africana history and culture.


By bringing in leaders in the subjects of education, race, and early childhood, the P.R.I.D.E. Speaker Series raises awareness around issues of race and young children. Click the microphone above to listen to previous speakers, like Dr. Valerie Kinloch and Dr. Erin Winkler.


The P.R.I.D.E. 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.


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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