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Several potential factors contribute to inequity in early childhood educational practices, including implicit racial bias; lack of training focused on teaching young children from nondominant cultures; and cultural discontinuity between home and school. The focus of this session will be on helping educators become more aware of and reduce their implicit biases, view child development through a cultural lens, and implement culturally responsive instructional strategies. Specifically, the session will focus on (1) identifying barriers to equity in early childhood environments for children of color; (2) defining implicit bias and its role in perpetuating inequitable practices related to behavior management, teacher-child interactions, and instructional practices; (3) describing strategies for identifying and overcoming implicit bias; and (4) providing specific culturally responsive practices that can be used in early learning environments to promote equitable outcomes for children from culturally diverse backgrounds. The session will include active engagement with the content, including small and large group discussions, as well as a PowerPoint presentation focused on providing specific content and activities that support implementation of the practices.