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In early childhood, we see stark racial disparities with instructional and program discipline practices, such as suspension and expulsion, particularly between young African American children and their White counterparts. Associated with this, implicit bias plays a key role in how we interact with and support young children of color. Implicit biases also can affect the inclusion of young children with disabilities, specifically related to how personnel interact with and work to ensure that children with differing abilities receive the supports and services needed to participate as a full member of the classroom. This session aims to support leaders, including practitioners and administrators, with understanding professional development strategies that support the implementation of culturally responsive practices within programs. This session will actively engage participants in learning self-reflection and de-biasing strategies, along with professional development strategies to improve culturally responsive practices.