Headstart Report

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In 2020, the Children’s Equity Project released two reports, Start with Equity: From the Early Years to the Early Grades, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center and funded by the Heising Simons Foundation, and 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care and Education, in partnership with the Equity Research Action Coalition at UNC Frank Porter Graham, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Head Start Association, Council for Professional Recognition, National Black Child Development Institute, National Indian Child Care Association, The Education Trust, and The BUILD Initiative.

Together, these reports present a wide-ranging, actionable equity policy agenda, organized around 14 key priorities, for early care and education systems. The central goal of that agenda is to build more equitable learning systems by ensuring 1) equitable access to high-quality early care and education; 2) positive, fair experiences within these learning systems; and 3) child and family outcomes that are not associated with demographic characteristics.

We are hopeful that this tool will serve as a resource for states and tribal communities as they seek to leverage the historic investments that have been provided through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the American Rescue Plan, and any forthcoming funding from the Biden Administration’s proposed infrastructure plan and the American Families Plan.

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