Grave inequities have long pervaded the education system and affect the lives of millions of children from historically marginalized communities.  These inequities begin before birth and follow children into the early care and education (ECE) system, one of the first systems with which they interact. The tragic fact remains true in this country:  children’s outcomes are predicted by their demographic characteristics, the color of their skin, their family’s income bracket, and their home  language.

Start with Equity: 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care and Education outlines 14 critical priorities and actionable policies that Congress, federal agencies, states and tribes can immediately and concretely utilize to advance equity in the early care and education system. This work builds on a comprehensive report released by the Children’s Equity Project and the Bipartisan Policy Center in July 2020: Start with Equity: From the Early Years to the Early Grades.


Published by the Children’s Equity Project in partnership the Heising Simons Foundation, Equity Research Action Coalition at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institutethe National Black Child Development Institutethe Council for Professional Recognitionthe National Indian Child Care Associationthe National Head Start Associationthe National Association for the Education of Young ChildrenThe Education Trust, and the BUILD Initiative.

ECFC members/partner contributions:

Funded by the Heising Simons Foundation.

Categories: Racial Equity
Tags: Equity, Systemic Racism
Author: Children's Equity Project
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