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OCFS is happy to announce the launch of our DEIA Toolkit! This toolkit provides child care programs with ideas on how to expand children's access and exposure to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Why is DEIA in child care important? DEIA fosters acceptance, confidence and empathy with all people.

The goal of this toolkit is for child care providers to enhance their programs using a DEIA lens and determine some areas of growth, both individually and within the program. The purpose of the toolkit is to empower the child care community by providing resources and information about how to incorporate DEIA into a program‘s mission, philosophy, programming, education, materials/supplies and activities. It may also help strengthen relationships between child care programs and the families they serve.

The objective is to help providers ensure that DEIA is intentionally woven into all aspects of their program, understand why DEIA is essential, define DEIA and best programming practices, and provide information on having open discussions with parents and guardians about DEIA.

Toolkit Documents

Toolkit documents include the publications below, which are available in the following languages:
Englishعربىবাংলা中文FrançaisKreyòl AyisyenItaliano한국어PolskiePусскийEspañol اردوיידיש

DEIA Child Care Self-Assessment

A self-assessment form for child care providers and caregivers to evaluate DEIA throughout the child care program and to develop goals to enhance DEIA in the program.

Best Programming Practices

A tip sheet on best programming practices to ensure that DEIA is naturally woven into the child care program.

Best Programming Practices for Directors, Owners, and Other Early Childhood Education (ECE) Leaders
All About My Child

A form that child care programs can ask parents/guardians to complete to provide detailed background information about the enrolled child/children.

Materials List and Ideas for Recommended Learning Areas for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and School-age Children

Lists of materials and ideas for the child care program to support DEIA in each age group.

DEIA Books for Children

Lists of a variety of books to enhance DEIA using children‘s literature.

Celebrate Diversity Flyer

A printable color flyer with suggestions on ways to celebrate diversity in child care programs.

Additional Resources:

Please review this list of additional resources to learn more about why DEIA is crucial in child care and to locate agencies to assist you in supporting your program‘s DEIA journey.