Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 241–248 | Cite as

Culturally Responsive Literacy Practices in an Early Childhood Community

  • Susan V. Bennett
  • AnnMarie Alberton GunnEmail author
  • Guda Gayle-Evans
  • Estanislado S. BarreraIV
  • Cynthia B. Leung


Early childhood educators continue to see an increase in their culturally diverse student population. As our country continues to grow as a multicultural nation, it is imperative that our early childhood classrooms embrace this rich diversity and provide experiences that affirm all students, families and communities. We (teacher educators) synthesized the current research into the following five frameworks that we believe embody the foundation of culturally responsive teaching (CRT) in an early childhood setting: (a) developing a culturally responsive classroom community, (b) family engagement, (c) critical literacy within a social justice framework, (d) multicultural literature, and (e) culturally responsive print rich environments. In this article we situate each framework within the larger context of research. Next we move beyond discussing CRT practices by offering ideas on how culturally responsive classrooms look and how to implement this pedagogy and in an early childhood setting with real classroom practices.


Culturally responsive teaching Literacy Multicultural education Pedagogy Practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan V. Bennett
    • 1
  • AnnMarie Alberton Gunn
    • 2
    Email author
  • Guda Gayle-Evans
    • 2
  • Estanislado S. BarreraIV
    • 3
  • Cynthia B. Leung
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP)St. PetersburgUSA
  2. 2.University of South Florida St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgUSA
  3. 3.Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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