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This project combined an extensive literature review, the creation of a practitioners manual and teaching materials, as well as the presentation of the ideas at a regional conference for Christian early childhood educators. For the literature review, I chose writers who dealt with multicultural education in general (such as Nieto, Bennett, and Banks), with Christian multiculturalism (such as Wilkerson, and Breckenridge), and also with those that wrote about how to affirm diversity and promote tolerance in early childhood education (Derman-Sparks, Spodek, Brown, Vold). I brought these three areas together in the practitioners manual, a seventy-page practical resource targeted for Christian educators who teach young children. This manual is broken into three main chapters: the what, the why, and the how of increasing multicultural education within a biblically-based curriculum. In preparation for the presentation at the Association for Christian Schools International Regional Conference, related teaching materials were collected and created, in order that they could be shared with the seventy participants who attended the one-hour seminar. This manual and materials were created with the intention of piloting them in the field in the future, within my own classrooms.