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Advancing Equity in Early Care and Education Systems With the American Rescue Plan Act
Meek, S., Iruka, I. U., Catherine, E., Yazzie, D. A., Gilliam, W., McIntosh, K., Fernandez, V., Blevins, D., Jimenez, O., & Garcia, E.
In 2020, the Children’s Equity Project released two reports, Start with Equity: From the Early Years to the Early Grades, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center and funded by the Heising Simons Foundation, and 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care and Education, in partnership with the Equity Research Action Coalition at UNC Frank Porter Graham, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Head Start Association, Council for Professional Recognition, National Black Child Development Institute, National Indian Child Care Association, The Education Trust, and The BUILD Initiative.
Together, these reports present a wide ranging, actionable equity policy agenda, organized around 14 key priorities, for early care and education systems. This policy agenda attends to critical levers to ensure equitable access, positive experiences, and outcomes that are not associated with demographic characteristics in learning systems for our youngest children and their families.
The American Rescue Plan Act includes a number of targeted investments in children and families, including $39 billion to stabilize and support the nation’s struggling child care system, the largest infusion of resources to the child care system in history.
This unprecedented infusion of resources provides a unique opportunity to make tangible headway on building equitable learning systems.
Meek, S., Iruka, I. U., Catherine, E., Yazzie, D. A., Gilliam, W., McIntosh, K., Fernandez, V., Blevins, D., Jimenez, O., & Garcia, E. (2021). Advancing equity in early care and education systems with the American Rescue Plan Act. Children’s Equity Project. Retrieved from: https://childandfamilysuccess.asu.edu/cep/initiatives/advancing-equity-through-american-rescue-plan-act