Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 Race for Results report offers quantitative evidence of the barriers that prevent all our children from grasping the building blocks of success. In Pennsylvania and across the country, no single group of children covered by the report -- African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino or White -- is meeting key milestones of child well-being. But children of color, especially, face greater barriers to opportunity.
A growing body of research has demonstrated the key role that healthy ECE environments and good nutrition play in brain development and children entering kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. All children should have access to high-quality early learning environments and healthy, local foods. Children of color represent a growing share of the Pennsylvania’s population. They also experience worse outcomes in nearly every indicator of social well-being due to a long history of exclusionary and discriminatory policies. These disparities hurt all of us by weakening the Commonwealth’s economic, social and cultural web. The commonwealth’s success as a thriving and prosperous place for all its residents depends on its ability to break down barriers to racial equity.
Please see the list below for a number of resources to learn more and take action to advance racial equity for a healthy and bright future for all our children.
Resources on Equity for ECE Teachers, Administrators and Staff:
Race Talk in the Early Childhood Classroom from the Early Childhood Education Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English
Cultural Responsiveness in ECE Classrooms:
Diversity Book Finder: Identify and Explore Multicultural Picture Books
Cultural Relevancy in ECE Kitchens:
Local Food for Little Eaters: A Purchasing Toolbox for the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Supporting Culturally Relevant Programming Through Local Food Purchasing (page 9)
Resources for ECE Scholarship (Professors, Scholars, Researchers in Higher Ed):
ECE Policy and Systems Resources:
Kid’s Count in Washington State Racial Equity Tool. The document is also available in Spanish.
Thrive Washington Racial Equity Theory of Change Washington state’s visual road map to eliminate race as a predictor of success. The document is also available in Spanish.
Equity in the Food System Resources:
W. K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide: The Racial Equity Resource Guide is a searchable collection of journals, magazines, articles, books, videos that allows users to create a fully personalized or customized set of resources tailored to an organization's needs.
Targeted Universalism The Haas Institute
Leading Inside Out & the Collective Impact Forum: Community Engagement Toolkit
GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity) Tools and Resources
National Academy of Science: Framing The Dialogue on Race to Advance Health Equity
Change the Culture, Change the World Favianna Rodriguez