Advancing Racial Equity in Early Learning .
In Washington, we work together so that all children start life with a solid foundation for success, based on strong families and a world-class early learning system for all children prenatal through third grade. Accessible, accountable, and developmentally and culturally appropriate, our system partners with families to ensure that every child is healthy, capable and confident in school and in life.
― Washington Early Learning Plan
WA Early Learning Plan Vision
Opportunity Gap: Evidence of the opportunity gap can be seen in children less than a year old
Data across multiple indicators show that – from day one – children of color in Washington are more likely to be poor and further from opportunity
Reframing our work through a racial equity lens engages us in courageous conversations that help us:
StructuralUsing a Racial Equity Lens
This approach supports the needs of a particular group while reminding us that our fates are linked.Targeted Universalism
Increase community voice and influence for those furthest away from opportunity
“While early childhood education has the proven potential to prevent educational inequity, if not dramatically improved, it will do the reverse and perpetuate it.”