There’s no time like the present to teach your kids about racism.

It’s a problem in our country and it’s best to start the education early on to teach kids how to be accepting and inclusive. The Committee for Children‘s podcast series The Imagine Neighborhood is helping parents start a conversation with their kids with a special episode about racism, equity, and justice.

The producers suggest that parents with younger kids might want to listen to the episode first without the kids, as it covers difficult topics, including the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the violence that black Americans face as part of their daily realities. It’s a heavy conversation to have, but it’s important to talk through it with kids because they’re not blind to what’s going on in the world.

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The episode features Dr. Jasmine Williams, who holds a PhD and masters degree in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include adolescent development, well-being, academic motivation and engagement, and educational equity.

Click here to listen to the free podcast or visit imagineneighborhood.org for more information on how to educate kids about racism, including book suggestions for the whole family. You can also take a look at our own resource list on “How to Help Your Kids Take a Stand Against Racism,” featuring blog posts, books, videos, TV specials, websites, and more.