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Report: Deck Stacked Against Young Children of Color, but Leaders Can ‘Seize This Moment’ to Improve Equity

July 14, 2020

The 74 features the Children’s Equity Project’s Start with Equity report, which offers a policy agenda that includes a ban on punishments that exclude children from classrooms, more early-childhood mental health services, full funding for special education, incentives for including children with disabilities in regular classrooms, and assessment tools in multiple languages.

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

July 14, 2020

The Children’s Equity Project (CEP) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released today a groundbreaking, actionable policy roadmap for all levels of government on closing long-standing educational equity gaps that start at birth in the United States.

Start with Equity: From the Early Years to the Early Grades highlights the grave inequities that have long pervaded the education system and affect the lives of millions of children from historically marginalized communities, using the lens of three policy areas: disproportionate application of harsh discipline practices; lack of inclusion of students with disabilities in general classrooms; and inequitable and inadequate access to dual language programming. In each policy area, the 140-page report includes analyses of existing data, a review of the latest research and concrete recommendations for policymakers at the federal, state and local levels.

How to engage in anti-racism practices

June, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Rosemarie Allen had a conversation with CBS4 about ways to engage in anti-racism practices.

How to Build a Better Child Care System

May 29, 2020

In an article by The New York Times, Shantel Meek, a professor of practice in the Sanford School, discusses how crucial a quality child care system is.

Meek explains that quality child care is more than a place where children exist while their parents work, but an important environment where they can learn and grow.

Metro State University Professor Details How To Speak To Your Kids On Racism

May, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Rosemarie Allen talks to CBS4 reporter Justin Adams about how parents can speak to their kids about racism and social injustice.

English Learners Are Home with Their Home Languages, and That’s Okay

April, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Conor Williams details the unique chanllenges English-learning students face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Williams: The Politics — and Economics — Around Why We Should Make Pre-K Universal Are Changing

April, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Conor Williams discusses the importance of the importance of making Pre-K universal and how each Democratic presidential candidate discusses the topic in their campaign.

Williams: Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals the Reality — and the Risk — of America’s Child Safety Net Being Its Public Schools

March, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Conor Williams discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the benefits and risks of the American public education system.

OPINION: Let's never see another first-grader in handcuffs

October 15, 2019

Shantel Meek, founding director of the Children's Equity Project at Arizona State University, partnered with Roy Austin Jr., a former deputy assistant to the president and policy lead on criminal justice reform in the Obama administration, to examine and address the criminalization of black children in early education.

Aware Is Halfway There: Identifying and Combating Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Education

October 3, 2019

As the keynote speaker of the Sharing a Vision Conference, president and CEO of the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence and Children's Equity Project partner, Dr. Rosemarie Allen spoke about implicit biases - and how they can address them.

Image credit: Tim Shelley / WCBU

Back to School but Nothing's Normal. Schools Mobilize to Help Children of Immigrants After Traumatic Summer

September, 2019

Along with other experts and educators, Shantel Meek, founding director of the Children's Equity Project at Arizona State University, weighed in on the topic of chronic stress affecting a child's learning at school. She said, "When we think about early childhood development, what's the number one thing that we think is critical to healthy development? Securely attached relationships. It's this notion of dependability of 'I'm going to cry and I trust you to be there to meet my needs.'"

Recent, sudden changes to U.S. immigration policies risk, she explained, "taking away that trust, that security that kids have in their primary caregiver. We're fundamentally messing with the social-emotional foundation of these kids ... It's like we're intentionally causing trauma."

Image credit: People hold candles during a candlelight vigil at the Immanuel Church for victims of a shooting that left a total of 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas, Aug 5, 2019. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Laboratories of Democracy: Washington, DC, showed how to do universal pre-K right

August, 2019

Conor Williams, a Children's Equity Project partner, wrote an article on Washington's universal public prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds and how this creates a ripple effect that helps K-12 students too.

Image credit: Christina Animashaun/Vox

Betsy DeVos Loves Charter Schools. That's Bad for Charter Schools

June, 2018

Conor Williams, a Children's Equity Project partner, wrote an article on school choice and the unique position charter schools have been placed in due to politics.

Image credit: Devyn Pittorf teaching a kindergarten class at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park elementary school in the Morris Park area of Minneapolis.CreditCreditJoe Dickie/Big World Films, via Hiawatha Academies