Starting Small

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Starting Small Teaching Kit

The vision of community that the early childhood classroom provides can color children's expectations about equity, cooperation and citizenship for a lifetime.

This training kit for early childhood educators profiles seven innovative classrooms in which teachers are helping children practice fairness, respect and tolerance.

"Starting Small" includes:

  • 58-minute film featuring Vivian Gussin Paley
  • Companion text (PDF) featuring classroom profiles, reflection prompts and activities

"'Starting Small' expanded my vision and philosophy and radically changed what I did in the classroom. Now, as an administrator, I'm providing the kit to staff so they may benefit as well." - P.B., administrator

Teachers can order this kit for free.

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