Essential Equity Statements and Resources for Racial, Economic, and Social Justice

The early care and education (ECE) workforce plays a critical role in promoting children’s learning — especially through their interactions with children and through the enriching and nurturing learning environments they shape. Creating a coherent and equitable system that works for young children, their families, and the educators who serve them requires the ECE field to be explicit about the realities of poverty, racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Simultaneously, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can work to:

  • Identify ECE workforce-related systems of structural racism.
  • Understand, develop, and implement solutions aimed at dismantling those systems.
  • Promote anti-racist and anti-bias policies and practices that can support stronger outcomes for children and for the ECE workforce.

The resources below are intended to help foster a shared understanding of this complex and long-standing issue.

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Center for Child and Family Success

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

Child Care Aware® of America

Child Trends

Children’s Equity Project and the Bipartisan Policy Center

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC)

Early Educator Investment Collaborative

Foundation for Child Development

Learning Policy Institute

National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) 

NAEYC People of Color Caucus/Interest Forums

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

National League of Cities (NLC)

National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families

New America’s Blog Series

PBS Learning Media

Hunt Institute

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

University of Chicago Press