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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at KinderCare

Cultivating a positive culture today and for our future 

No matter how little your child is, you have big dreams for their future. So do we. That’s why we commit to more than preparing them for the next step at school. We build their confidence for life. 

KinderCare is a safe space for children to explore who they are and learn about others. In our classrooms, we teach children that each of us is unique—and that’s what makes us awesome! They learn to celebrate the differences in our families, beliefs, and bodies that make us special and recognize the commonalities that bring us together. Because when they can accept themselves with clarity and love, they can enact the same change in the world. 

Here are some of the ways we support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in our learning centers and our workplace. You’ll also find resources for bringing these lessons home.  

We connect the conversation between our classrooms and your home. 

Helping children understand diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can begin with simple practices that will guide them toward being good people. Together, we’ll build stronger communities where children grow up to be more caring and engaged citizens.  

We’ll always share resources from our classrooms, like books that reflect diverse perspectives, to support you in actively raising anti-racist humans who celebrate the differences in themselves and others. If you need more or something different, just ask. We’ll listen. 

Conversation starters

Babies notice physical differences in others by 3 months of age. Books are a great entry point to important conversations. When choosing books, look for diverse characters in many professions and community roles. Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) heroes serve as role models and inspiration for their dreams!  

When children see themselves and others in what they read, they start to understand the physical differences associated with race. Giving them respectful language to talk about those differences builds a positive sense of their own and others' identities. 

Reading recommendations

Children’s books about race and diversity for ages 0–2: 

  • “Shades of People” by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly (authors), Shelley Rotner (photographer) 
  • “Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children” by Sandra L. Pinkney (author), Myles C. Pinkney (illustrator, photographer) 
  • “K is for Kiss Goodnight” by Jill Sardegna (author), Michael Hays (illustrator)  
  • “My Family, Your Family!” by Kathryn Cole (author), Cornelia Li (illustrator) 
  • “Always Be You” by Ioana Stoian (author), Dawn M. Cardona (illustrator) 

To help develop your child’s strong sense of self, consider these tips and questions while reading

Conversation Starters

Conversations about race are sticky no matter how often you have them. Physical differences related to race are one of the first things children notice—and preschoolers aren’t shy about voicing what they see. It’s important to help children learn to talk respectfully about differences while they’re young. Use this time to learn together as a family and answer specific questions. 

Books with racially diverse characters in a variety of roles and community positions are a good place to start. While you’re reading, talk with your child about how they’re like or different from the characters. You’ll give them the language to value our shared humanity and develop a strong sense of self. 

Reading recommendations

Children’s books about race and diversity for ages 3–5: 

  • “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers (author), Keturah A. Bobo (illustrator)   
  • “Black Is Brown Is Tan” by Arnold Adoff (author), Emily Arnold McCully (illustrator) 
  • “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peῆa (author), Christian Robinson (illustrator) 
  • "An ABC of Equality” by Chana Ginelle Ewing (author), Paulina Morgan (illustrator) 
  • “Love Makes a Family” by Sophie Beer 

To help your child learn empathy and recognize and stand up to discrimination, ask these questions while reading

Conversation starters

Race is complex and layered at this age, but helping your child develop their cultural literacy will take your family’s conversations about race one step further. A good place to start might be basic scientific explanations of physical differences between races like skin color (melanin) or eye shape (the epicanthic fold). 

As they read books about others’ lived experiences, help them understand and appreciate differences within racial groups to avoid perpetuating hurtful stereotypes. Be honest with your child about racism and oppression and that it’s still happening. Then expand by discussing ways you can all fight against it. You can also start using everyday opportunities (or set focused time) to talk about these complex concepts. 

Reading recommendations

Children’s books about race and diversity for ages 5–10: 

  • “Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman (author), Caroline Binch (illustrator) 
  • “Bein’ With You This Way” by W. Nikola-Lisa (author), Michael Bryant (illustrator) 
  • “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson (author), Rafael López (illustrator) 
  • “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander (author), Kadir Nelson (illustrator) 
  • “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick Barnes (author), Gordon C. James (illustrator) 

To help your child learn empathy and recognize and stand up to discrimination, ask these questions while reading

We provide every child with what they need to thrive. 

Think of our classrooms as an extension of home. Not only will your child feel seen and celebrated; they’ll feel empowered to confidently explore their world in an environment made to nurture their abilities. 

Every child has a place under our little red roof. Our nurturing teachers and staff strive to create positive, welcoming classrooms by: 

It’s all supported by our Inclusion Services team and their mission to provide every learning center with what it needs to create accessible and equitable spaces. 

We’re committed to doing what’s right for our KinderCare family. 

We believe all classrooms, workplaces, and communities deserve a culture that welcomes every race, gender, religion, mobility, ability, and family structure. Embracing the unique stories and perspectives of our employees and families is critical to doing what’s right for them and supporting our communities.  

We pledge to continually look inward, listen, learn, and take meaningful steps forward. To guide us, we’ve invited People of Color from across our company to be part of an advisory caucus that will lead some of our DEI initiatives and keep us accountable. Their mission: Support us in creating equitable spaces where everyone is heard, celebrated, and equipped to do their best work.  

Continuing our pledge of listening and learning, we looked to our teachers to guide us as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We asked them how Dr. King’s work has influenced them, and what dreams they have for the next generation.