Core text for Multiculuralism in Early Childhood courses (also sometimes called Cultural Diversity or simply Diversity in ECE) in Early Childhood Education department or in Child and Family Studies department. Provides a practical introduction to multicultural and anti-bias issues in working with children and families in early childhood settings. Focuses on discussions on prejudice, racism, bilingual education, and multicultural education. Includes suggestions for making the classroom more culturally relevant and over 100 activities. Very popular book in community colleges on understanding cultural diversity in young children and their families.
"Roots and Wings will open doors to beginners in cultural diversity education, and will enrich the more experienced readers. It is a grand tool for assisting early childhood educators to address the many-faceted and complex issues of cultural diversity and racial prejudice....I recommend this book to any teacher, caregiver, or parent who wants to begin learning what it means to foster young children's respect for themselves and others."
Stacey York is an instructor in the child development department at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She conducts multicultural workshops around the country and is also author of Big As Life: The Everyday Inclusive Curriculum, available from Redleaf Press, http://www.redleafpres.org.