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Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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Creating equitable learning opportunities for young children helps them, their families, and our shared communities thrive. That's why we joined with our fellow Affiliates across the country to support the new position statement from NAEYC, Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education.

 
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The statement asserts that 1) all children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential, 2) all early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity, and 3) early childhood educators need support to fulfill their mission.

From the learning environments you create, to the policies you support, to your willingness to reflect on and address your own beliefs and teaching practices, you have the power to change children's lives. Working together across states and settings, we can enrich children's social, emotional, and academic development and lay the foundation for their future success.

To do so, however, you need support. This includes work settings that honor your professionalism; equitable access to higher education; and increased compensation that reflects the value and complexity of your work. Further, educators, employers, families, policymakers, and community members and leaders must embrace each child's unique set of strengths, uphold fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities.

This statement describes the changes in research, policy, and practice that are needed to advance equity in early childhood education. Everyone has a role to play in achieving our goal, which is nothing less than eliminating the differences in educational outcomes as a result of who children are, where they live, and what resources their families have.

No matter your role, we hope you will read the statement today, and share it with your colleagues, both in person and on social media, using the hashtag #EquityinECE.

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Policy Hour Begins December 3


Minnesota's Future is excited for the upcoming season of Policy Hour and we appreciate everyone's participation in person and on our Facebook page. This year we're changing things up a bit and instead of starting in October, the first one will be on Tuesday, December 3. The sessions following will run like usual, the first Tuesday of the month, 12-1 p.m. at Think Small-Minneapolis and on the Minnesota's Future Facebook page through June 2020.

Mark your calendars and more information about the December session is coming soon!


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