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Might be a paranoid mom question - my 16 month old is starting daycare next week. So far, I’ve had virtual interviews/meet and greet sessions with the daycare staff. Today we went in for our in-person orientation and I noticed that my child is the only non-white kid in his class of 8. Not entirely shocking, but in my head (and having seen pictures in their catalog) I was hoping there would be a little more diversity. Should I be worried about my kid feeling left out because he looks different?

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For additional context, we live in the city of chicago

I don’t have much advice just sympathy. I’m sorry OP. We live in Chicago too and the level of racial segregation in the city is appalling. I’ve been thinking about this question from the other point of view as my white daughter grows up. Best I can think of is that I can always sign her up for clubs or activities that draw a more diverse group of kids than she might get at school. At this young age I would hope kids are largely oblivious to race as a way to exclude others.

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I'm in Chicago too, also non-white and had a bit of anxiety but my toddler (and infant) have done great and if anything feel the staff, which is more diverse might actually be more engaged and nicer to them (eg speaking Spanish if he's not feeling great) ? Is the staff equally not diverse?

The staff seemed to be quite diverse from what I saw. Unfortunately due to Covid, the number of people I could interact with was limited. Thanks for sharing your experience, it makes me feel a little better.

Also in Chicago and my kid is the only white one at our daycare 😂 if this is important to you, you could keep looking around? I really wanted my kid to experience what the world/city population looks like (and learn Spanish) but I also know how hard it is to find quality daycare. We’re in Logan Square if that’s near you I’d be happy to DM.

Thank you!

Full disclosure: I wouldn't worry too much at that age but would start to do my diligence on pre-school/elementary options for the next stage. Also in Chicago and raising my kids to think diversity is normal is important to me, but it sadly takes some work given the level of segregation in the city.

Agreed and that’s a good point about looking and planning forward. Thanks!

I’m in Chicago and while I myself am mixed race, my daughter is super fair. The daycare we are using is primarily white, but it’s a Spanish language /cultural immersion curriculum owned by a person of color. I’m in Lincoln Park but we are using a school in Ravenswood. Happy to share the name if you are interested.

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