Collaborating to Build a Culturally Inclusive Early Childhood Education Approach

Photo: Taken in 2014, Courtesy of RISE

A dozen years ago, professor Christine McWayne came to Tufts with a vision for preparing early childhood education teachers through an equity lens. One of the very first things she did was reach out to ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services, which runs several infant and toddler and preschool programs around Boston, about a potential research-practice partnership.

Today, that partnership is a decade-old endeavor that has not only prepared many Tufts students to work in partnership with communities, but also has provided thousands of young children from economically challenged backgrounds with science, technology, and engineering (STE) education and more than 130 Head Start preschool teachers with professional development.