Manifesto for Race Equity & Parent Leadership in Early Childhood Systems

Center for the Study of Social Policy
January 23, 2019
This manifesto, available in both English and Spanish, outlines goals and strategies for transforming early childhood systems and eliminating the barriers faced by families of color.
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To help early childhood systems learn to work with parents in ways that promote equitable outcomes and maximize opportunities for all children, 40 parent leaders and agency staff from nine Early Childhood Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC) communities came together to create this manifesto, available in both English and Spanish. EC-LINC is a network of partners with a shared goal of supporting families and improving results for young children in communities across the country. The manifesto seeks to further transform systems to eliminate the barriers faced by families of color in their day-to-day interactions with systems and elevate their leadership and power. To support equitable outcomes for children and families, the authors call on leaders in early childhood agencies and systems to: challenge racism, embrace parent leadership, prioritize resources, create career pathways, and maximize equitable outcomes.

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