Authors of a September 14th article in Newsweek entitled “Is Your Baby Racist? Exploring the Roots of Discrimination,” discussed the importance of talking to young children directly about race. Young children naturally notice and are curious about differences between groups of people. Children as young as 6-months old recognize race and gender differences in people (according to a study led by Phyllis Katz, Ph.D.). As children get older (and as young as 3), they begin to categorize people into groups based on differences. Children often rank their own group as better than others. To address young children’s natural curiosity and promote tolerance of others, it is important for parents and child care providers to have ongoing discussions with them beginning at a young age.