The Children's Equity Project (CEP)

All children should have access to positive early learning experiences that will set them up for long-term success and wellness.

About CEP

The Children's Equity Project (CEP) is a new initiative of the Sanford School, and is led in partnership with scholars from institutions across United States including Yale University, Bank Street College of Education, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, University of Miami, University of Oregon, The Center for Racial Equity and Excellence, and NORC at the University of Chicago. The CEP focuses on closing opportunity gaps and ensuring that all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, language of origin, income, and ability reach their full potential.

The initiative focuses on a range of equity issues in the early years through the early grades, including but not limited to, disproportionate discipline, corporal punishment and bias; language policies and supporting dual language learners; inclusion and segregation of children with disabilities; maternal and child health disparities; and issues affecting children in tribal communities.


Research and Translation

Highly trained faculty from ASU and at partner institutions across the country conduct original, actionable research on a range of equity issues.

We lead a national network of equity scholars and work through a "hub" model to aggregate, translate and disseminate equity research to policy and practice.

We prepare the next generation of diverse scholars through the Children's Equity Fellowship Program.



We work with states and communities on policy change across a range of equity issues.

We work with partners at the federal level to ensure that equity issues are understood and considered in the federal policy making processs.



Informed by practitioners and families, we develop new interventions and practice tools for early childhood professionals.

The Children’s Equity Project (CEP) Undergraduate Scholar Award

An opportunity for undergraduate students to receive a $2,000 stipend to assist with various projects within the Children's Equity Project (CEP) for a semester.

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The Children’s Equity Project (CEP) Start with Equity Fellowship

A novel 1-year fellowship program for advanced masters level or doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career professionals to prepare the next generation of changemakers in early childhood policy and research.

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For more information on the CEP, contact:

Shantel Meek, PhD
Professor of Practice and Director of Policy
Center for Child and Family Success

Janniqua Dawkins, MC
Project Manager
Center for Child and Family Success