NEWS: Mixed race and proud on KPCC
This month we were honored to be featured in a story on KPCC Public Radio “Mixed Race and proud: LA’s multi-heritage kids navigate their identity” by Early Education Correspondent Deepa Fernandez.
World City Center Co-Founder Rebecca Bernard, who is of mixed-heritage, speaks about the unique experience multiracial kids face in their own identity development and how World City Center creates a preschool culture that supports diverse families. In the background you can hear our kiddos joyfully singing a Mayan chant for the sun called “Xtoles” with our wonderful music appreciation teacher Ms. Nichteha Sabogal.
Our story ran alongside that of our friends Delia Douglas Haight, Farzana Nayani and Sonia Smith-Kang of Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC). We have had the pleasure of hosting MASC’s important “Color Conversation” parent education series at World City Center for more than a year now and were honored to collaborate with them to produce our second WCC Parent Talk the November titled “RACE: Tackling the 4 Letter Word With your Kids.”
According to the Pew Research Center, the national average of mixed race children has risen considerably in the last decade.
The U.S. Census Bureau finds that, in 2013, about 9 million Americans chose two or more racial categories when asked about their race. The share of multiracial babies has risen from 1% in 1970 to 10% in 2013. And with interracial marriages also on the rise, demographers expect this rapid growth to continue, if not quicken, in the decades to come. Pew Research Center
After surveying the racial make up of our children at World City Center we found that roughly 30% of our children are mixed race. Wow! That far exceeds the national average of 10%. We are grateful and proud to have such a diverse preschool community at WCC and are humbled by the opportunity to teach our next generation of little global citizens to be proud of their own heritage and celebrate others.