Education’s P.R.I.D.E. expands to Philadelphia area

The Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education (P.R.I.D.E.) program of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will extend its work to the Philadelphia region. 

The program there will feature “train the trainer sessions.” Educators will learn to talk to children about race and how to better understand and embrace racial differences. 

A division in Pitt Education's Office of Child Development, P.R.I.D.E. helps Black children, from birth to age 8, develop a positive racial identity.

“We think P.R.I.D.E is needed everywhere Children of Color are located in the country,” program director Aisha White said. “Having a presence in Philadelphia, which has a Black population that exceeds the total Pittsburgh population, will give our growing project an important start in reaching a much larger audience.”

The expansion is funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, whose vision is for “all children from low-income families in Philadelphia to have high-quality educational opportunities that lead to improved life outcomes.”

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