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Early Care and Education Equity Analysis

The purpose of this project is to engage with grassroots and grasstops early education partners to identify and conduct a landscape analysis of active North Carolina policies and regulations focused on young children and their families (birth to age 5) with a focus on policies that show effect or promise in mitigating (or exacerbate) racial disparities in early care and education. The focus of this work is multi-fold and includes:

  • Examining current investments and reach of early care and education policies with attention on gaps, access, affordability, and impacts, as well as unintended consequences through a racial equity lens (e.g., reduction of home-based programs, fewer licensed programs, exclusionary practices);
  • Exploring the use of data to examine the extent to which policies are mitigating racial disparities (or increasing them); and
  • Developing an early childhood policy equity index to provide a metric to gauge whether a given policy will mitigate racial disparities through simulation tests.


Funding Agency:  

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Funding Period:  

06/07/2021 to 05/31/2023

Award Amount:  



Iheoma U. Iruka, Principal Investigator