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Children's Equity Project


Dr. Shantel Meek


The Children’s Equity Project, funded by the Heising Simons Foundation, and in partnership with the Equity Research Action Coalition at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the National Black Child Development Institute, the Council for Professional Recognition, the National Indian Child Care Association, the National Head Start Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Education Trust, and the BUILD Initiative published a new report outlining 14 critical priorities and actionable policies that federal and state policymakers can immediately and concretely utilize to advance equity in the early care and education system. This coordinated policy agenda can help us build stronger, more equitable systems for all children.

This work builds on a comprehensive report released by the Children’s Equity Project and the Bipartisan Policy Center in July 2020 to shed a light on the grave inequities that have long pervaded the education system and affect the lives of millions of children from historically marginalized communities, starting at birth. Read  Start with Equity: From the Early Years to the Early Grades.

Download report file:

Full report (.PDF)

Early Childhood Equity Strategic Plan Template 

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