Start with Equity: From the Early Years to the Early Grades

Data, Research, and an Actionable Child Equity Policy Agenda

Funded by the Heising Simons Foundation, the Children’s Equity Project (CEP) has released a new landmark report that reviews the state of equity in America's learning systems, from the early years to the early grades. The report provides a comprehensive review of the data to better understand how children from a variety of marginalized communities are faring; a review of the evidence base, with an emphasis on interventions that have proven successful in narrowing disparities in opportunity and outcomes; and a review of the national policy landscape. The report includes a comprehensive and concrete equity policy agenda aimed at making our learning systems more equitable.

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Start with Equity: California

Funded by the Heising Simons Foundation, the CEP developed a follow-up report focusing on the state of equity in California’s early care and learning systems. The report specifically focuses on three key issues covered in the Start with Equity national report: harsh discipline and its disproportionate application, lack of inclusive learning opportunities for children with disabilities, and inequitable access to bilingual learning for dual language learners. The report includes a California-specific policy agenda to inform the state’s Master Plan for Early Care and Learning and to build more equitable systems for the state’s youngest learners.

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Start with Equity: 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care and Education

Funded by the Heising Simons Foundation, the CEP published a follow-up new report outlining 14 critical priorities and actionable policies that federal and state policymakers can immediately and concretely advance equity in the early childhood system for our most vulnerable children. The report aims to create better, more just systems and to dismantle long-standing racist policies and practices, so that all children can reach their full potential.

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Promoting Equity in Early Education

Advancing Equity Through the American Rescue Plan Act

This new brief reviews concrete strategies to invest in building equitable systems using the unprecedented infusion of resources provided by the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Headstart Report

Building a Universal Preschool System Around Head Start

The Building a Universal Preschool System Around Head Start brief unpacks the argument for making Head Start the anchor of a new universal system to ensure an equitable, mixed delivery, high-quality, and comprehensive system that optimizes existing funding streams and coordinates new ones to meet this unique moment in history.

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Equity and COVID-19: Considering Equity in the Transition Back to School and Early Childhood Programs - Policy Recommendations

The Building a Universal Preschool System Around Head Start brief unpacks the argument for making Head Start the anchor of a new universal system to ensure an equitable, mixed delivery, high-quality, and comprehensive system that optimizes existing funding streams and coordinates new ones to meet this unique moment in history.

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Equity in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Webinar Series

In partnership with the Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, the CEP created a 4-part webinar series that explores the historical and societal institutions of racism in child-serving systems and discusses actionable steps early childhood systems leaders and mental health consultants can take to create anti-racist spaces for our youngest learners.

Headstart Report

Equity Strategic Plan Template to Advance Equity in Early Care and Education Systems

The Early Childhood Equity Strategic Plan Template is an implementation tool that can assist states and tribes in planning for equity within their learning systems for the youngest children.

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Harsh Discipline and its Disproportionate Application in the Early Years and Early Grades

The CEP is dedicated to analyzing data and policy related to harsh discipline in schools and its disproportionate application in learning settings with particular attention paid to its use in the early years to the early grades. We analyze discipline data and policy implications nationally, as well as at the state and local levels. We specifically focus on identifying and closing disparities that Black children, other children of color, and children with disabilities face within learning systems across an array of harsh discipline types, including suspension, expulsion, corporal punishment, seclusion, and restraint.

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Immigration and Young Children

Federal Policy and State Licensing Standards for the Operation of Residential Facilities Housing Unaccompanied Migrant Children

The CEP published a national analysis of the complicated state and federal rules that govern the treatment and quality of care in shelters housing immigrant children who come to the United States on their own or who are separated from their parents or another adult they are traveling with upon arrival. The analysis takes a developmental lens, examining factors that are most likely to affect child development, health, and wellness.

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