The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of nearly every American. But the effects of COVID-19 are not equally distributed. Long-standing inequities in the United States stemming from policies and practices that discriminate against people of color in almost every aspect of life—housing, education, health, employment, wealth and economic mobility, and criminal justice— have made it so that communities of color are bearing a disproportionate amount of hardship under this pandemic. Indeed, COVID-19 does not discriminate, but the systems that created stubborn opportunity gaps, which contribute to disparities in outcomes, do.
Early childhood and education systems are not immune to these inequities. The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to exacerbate opportunity gaps if systems leaders are not intentional about addressing them. As states begin the reopening process, and as education and early childhood leaders are in the midst of transition planning, it is critical that they move forward with equity as an essential focal point.
The Children’s Equity Project (CEP) has developed a set of recommendations to support equitable transition planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the full resource.
Dr. Shantel Meek, Lisa Gordon, Dr. Kent McIntosh, Dr. Rosemarie Allen, Dr. Camille Smith, Dr. Walter Gilliam, Dr. Evandra Catherine