North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children recognize that they are members of different groups (e.g., family, preschool class, cultural groups).

Skill Progression: Recognize they are members of different groups

Age: 15-18 Months

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Stares longer at persons of another race (recognizes difference)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Provide a book with pictures of babies of different races to show the child.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the adult to slowly share the book with pictures of babies of different races. Hold the picture of a child of the child’s race next to the picture of the baby of a clearly different race.

Behavior Observed

The child looks longer at children of another race.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children see racial differences at a very early age. At this age there is no judgment, just awareness.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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