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Council for Professional Recognition places equity at forefront in early educator guidance update

March 20, 2023

The Council for Professional Recognition partnered with the Children’s Equity Project on equitable practices for the guidance, which includes strategies to help early educators create safe and healthy learning environments, support children’s physical and cognitive development, aid social and emotional growth, and build positive relationships with families.

Are young boy of color set up to fail in early education?

March 8, 2023

The Children's Equity Project was mentioned in an article published by EdSource titled "Are young boys of color set up to fail in early education?" focusing on racial bias & how it affects early learners, primarily young boys of color.

Dogwood Health Trust on why to watch western NC for early childhood solutions

March 6, 2023

The Children's Equity Project was mentioned in an article published by Education NC regarding our Start with Equity report on the "14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care & Education.


Professor awarded APA lifetime achievement award

January 23, 2023

Richard Fabes received the 2023 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for his contribution to developmental psychology in the service of science and society.

Panel: Trauma of preschool suspensions, expulsions is long-lasting

January 10, 2023
Shantel Meek, executive director of the Children’s Equity Project, told webinar attendees that exclusion and harsh discipline in early education settings are not applied evenly among student groups.


How Educational Inequities Are Further Tearing Apart the Country

November 22, 2022

CEP Partner Dr. Conor WIlliams and CEP Founder Shantel Meek dive deep into educational inequities in America's public schools.

The 74: As Tragedies Mount, We Wring Our Hands and Do Nothing

May 31, 2022
CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams explores the dual crisis of gun violence and impotent policymaking.

The Century Foundation: Rebuilding Data—and Accountability—Systems for Tracking English Learners’ Progress

April 12, 2022

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams proposes exploring new accountability systems for tracking the progress of English Learners.

The Century Foundation: How Texas Is Funding the Expansion of Dual Language Programs

March 24, 2022

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams details how Texas a historic school finance bill to fund the expansion of its dual language programs.

The Century Foundation: How to Shift Early Education Toward Equity Now

March 23, 2022

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams discusses ways to prioritize equity in early education today.

The Century Foundation: Keeping the Child Tax Credit Unconditional—Because Children Don’t Choose to Be Poor

February 8, 2022

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams and CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek advocate for making the Child Tax Credit unconditional.

EdSource: How Congress Can Help Students Learning English

January 24, 2022
CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams explores various solutions to help students learn English as a second language.


The Hechinger Report: Why we Need a Proactively Anti-Racist Scientific Method for Early Education Research to Serve All Children, The Science Must Evolve

December 29, 2021

CEP partner Dr. Iheoma Iruka and Elizabeth Pungello Bruno discuss the importance of utilizing anti-racist scientific methods, particularly in early childhood education research.

Williams: A New — and Long Past Due — Roadmap for Overhauling How Schools Serve English Learners

December 8, 2021

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams provides specific and actionable ideas on how to overhaul schools to best serve English Learners.

The Hechinger Report: One Way to Make Universal Preschool a Reality - Head Start for All

October 7, 2021 In this Op-ed, CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek and CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams explain the benefits of universal healthcare and argue that the American Families Plan should build around Head Start, the country’s largest and longest-running early education program. 

The 74: With Democrats Divided, Advocates Push to Save Key Education Priorities in Biden ‘Build Back Better’ Plan

September 30, 2021 In this article, CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek urges lawmakers to prioritize quality universal pre-K to support the whole child and family.

Phi Delta Kappan: Toward Policies that Promote Access and Equity in Early Education: A Conversation with Shantel Meek

September 27, 2021 In this interview, CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek addresses policies that promote access and equity in early education.

Houston Chronicle:  Texas Ends Health and Safety Oversight that Protected Thousands of Migrant Kids

Aug 30, 2021 The 45 state-licensed shelters that provide care for migrant children have opted to remain open without state supervision three months after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the facilities closed. CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek explains the removal of state standards, particularly in Texas.

Your Tango: Why 250 Preschoolers Are Expelled In The US Each Day — More Than In Any K-12 Grade

Aug 21, 2021 CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek discusses the high expulsion and suspicious rates among pre-school children, particularly children of color.

At Ed Dept. Equity Summit, Marten Announces Plans to Address ‘Pressing Needs’ of Students with Disabilities

June 22, 2021

In an article discussing The U.S. Department of Education’s plans to make the needs of students with disabilities a higher priority when schools fully reopen in the fall, CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek voiced to the 74 how the speakers of the virtual equity summit, held by the Department of Education, could have given more attention to early-childhood education.

‘A Rising Tide That Lifts All Boats’: Having More Immigrant Peers Can Boost Scores For U.S.-Born Students, New Study Finds

May 10, 2021

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams was quoted by the 74 about how immigrant children in a school raise the performance of the school.

Williams: Let’s Keep the Innovations the Pandemic Brought to Teaching English Learners and Reaching Their Families

May 9, 2021

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams highlights the innovative techniques created during the pandemic meant to engage dual language learners and their families and the importance of maintaining the techniques.

A 4-Year-Old Child Is Not a Problem. And Expulsion Is Not a Solution.

April 25, 2021

CEP partner and Yale professor Walter Gilliam was cited in an opinion piece in the New York Times that advocates for California to outlaw expulsion for young children.

Biden's Plan for Families Could Bolster California's Push for Early Education, Care

April 28, 2021

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek discusses the significance of President Biden’s early childcare agenda and the importance of embedding equity in early child care education.

Cullin Howard

ASU grad inspired by fatherhood to research child development

April 19, 2021

Cullin Howard, one of our CEP Undergraduate Scholar Award recipients, was featured in ASU News as part of the notable spring 2021 graduates series. Cullin graduated with a degree in Family and Human Development and will be starting a graduate program at the University of Georgia, pursuing a PhD in human development and family science in the Fall of 2021.

Health and Well-Being of Black Girls and Women in Arizona Report

CEP postdoctoral scholar Dr. Evandra Catherine was a contributor in a report commissioned by the African American Women's Giving & Empowerment Circle and the State of Black Arizona. This report explores available data on the health and well-being of Black women and girls in Arizona and across the nation; with particular attention to COVID-19, demographics, vital statistics, health care, and end of life that will be used to inform advocacy, education, funding, and other strategies to improve their trajectory.

Amid Pandemic, Reformers Say Babies and Toddlers Need Quality Child Care

April 5, 2021

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek discusses the significance of President Biden’s early childcare agenda and the importance of providing quality child care for children aged birth to five.

Seeking Safety and Humanity in the Harshest Immigration Climate in a Generation: A Review of the Literature on the Effects of Separation and Detention on Migrant and Asylum‐Seeking Children and Families in the United States during the Trump Administration

March 31, 2021

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek and CEP partner Dr. Kelly Edyburn released a report on the effects of Trump’s immigration policies on child & family development.

Four ways to rebuild a better early ed system

March 4, 2021

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek discusses the pandemic with the Hechinger Report and highlights how it exacerbated the pre-existing inequities in the early childcare education system. They explore four ways to rebuild a better early childhood education system.

Image credit: Child care centers, like this one near Austin, Texas, have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic. Credit: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report

Why the decision to pull 6 Dr. Seuss books is an important move for diversity

March 2, 2021

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek discusses the importance of having children’s literature that reflects the diversity in America's young children.

Image credit: Still of Yahoo Life video


The Preschool Exclusionary Discipline Study

December 9, 2020

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek and CEP partner Dr. Richard Fabes and postdoc Dr. Evandra Catherine review the 2017-2018 CRDC Data, revealing that Black children are suspended and expelled at a rate 2.7 times higher than White children. Furthermore, Native American kids are suspended and expelled at about 1.6 times higher than White children.

New Federal Data Shows Black Preschoolers Still Disciplined at Far Higher Rates than Whites

November 27, 2020

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek and CEP postdoc Dr. Evandra Catherine discuss the need to abandon the colorblind approach to discipline and explicitly write actions to address racial disparity into policy and budgets.

OPINION: U.S. Public Schools Should be Federally Funded

November 06, 2020

CEP founder Dr. Shantel Meek and CEP partner Dr. Meek and Dr. Williams published an op-ed in the Hechinger Report discussing the impact of COVID-19 on school funding and making the case for substantially increasing the federal role in education funding as a matter of equity.

Start at the Beginning: New Report Offers Solutions to Rooting Out Racism in Early Education

October 25, 2020

CEP Founder Dr. Shantel Meek and CEP partners Drs. Rosemarie Allen and Conor Williams released a new report that provides concrete solutions to addressing inequities in early ed, “so that today’s preschoolers are not tomorrow’s protester.”

New Data Tell How We Can Better Meet English Learners’ Needs This Fall

September 15, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Conor Williams published a piece at The Century Foundation on how schools can learn from the spring to better serve dual language learners in the fall.

As D.C. Feels Gentrification Pressures, New Study Finds Its Pre-K Lottery Provides Equal — but Not Necessary Equitable — Access

September 08, 2020

By Dr. Conor Williams Dr. Williams published a piece at the 74 Million on new research on school enrollment policies in Washington, DC's universal pre-K program.

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 and the Bipartisan Policy Center 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.

Williams: Despite Our Desperation — and the President’s Insistence — Facts Don’t Support Schools Safely Reopening This Fall

July 12, 2020

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and the academic school year quickly approaching, many are wondering if in-person schooling will resume this fall. CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams argues that we are still a long way from a public-health scenario where in-person schooling is likely to be safe.

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

CEP founder, Dr. Shantel Meek discusses how crucial a quality child care system is. She emphasizes 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 29, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Conor Williams details the unique challenges 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 27, 2020

CEP Partner Dr. Conor Williams discusses 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.

There’s a Real Progressive Case for Supporting Charter Schools

February 20, 2020

CEP partner Dr. Conor Williams argues that a strong push to advance progressive ends through charters could improve students' academic performance, school integration, and the quality of the charter movement.


OPINION: Let's Never See Another First-Grader in Handcuffs

October 15, 2019

Dr. 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 15, 2019

Along with other experts and educators, Dr. 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 12, 2019

Dr. 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 2, 2018

Dr. 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