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No One Is the Same. (Hooray!) How to Talk with Kids About Differences

“Why is that child's skin a different color than mine?” “Why can’t that child walk by himself?” Children notice each other’s differences—and they often ask questions about it. Those questions may make adults feel flustered, but that curiosity is a good thing. “These questions give you an opportunity to discuss differences in a positive way,” says Kate Jordan-Downs, KinderCare Education’s Director of Inclusion. Watch to learn more!

Meet Kate.

As KinderCare Education’s Director of Inclusion, Kate Jordan-Downs is responsible for defining the vision of inclusive education in all of our sites and centers. “Every child deserves to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and feel a sense of belonging when they’re with us,” Jordan-Downs says. That means she works to ensure that all children's needs are being met in a learning environment that celebrates diversity and fosters self-confidence. The mother of two young sons, Jordan-Downs holds a Masters in Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Instruction.

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