Creating a racially just Birth to 12th Grade System.
We envision a system that provides joyful, enriching environments where all children and families feel seen, are supported to learn, and can thrive.
Too often, a child’s zip code will determine their access to quality education and eventual outcomes. Alarming opportunity gaps persist across socioeconomic, linguistic, racial and ethnic lines that hinder all children from reaching their full potential. The Educational Equity program works to transform the birth to 12th grade (B-12) system to uplift whole-child, whole-family educational opportunities for children of color from historically underserved communities. We strive to catalyze action that dismantles the systemic barriers that perpetuate disparities in our communities.
WHY THIS ISSUE MATTERS
With the understanding that education is an essential component in improving the lives and opportunities for all Californians, we work across the state and with a diverse set of stakeholders to improve the early learning and K-12 education systems. We believe that effective and respectful partnerships are the bedrock of success when working to fix a system responsible for educating more than 6.2 million children each year.
IMPACT OF OUR WORK
We lead a Birth to Twelfth Grade policy agenda rooted in racial equity and economic justice, with distinct early childhood and K-12 teams that go deep into the equity priorities impacting the field. We do this through the following approaches:
- Policy & Budget Advocacy – Centers the strengths and experiences of children, families, and B-12 educators and providers of color, and elevates culturally and linguistically affirming best practices.
- Policy Implementation – Advances opportunities to embed or deepen equity in major initiatives across the B-12 system.
- Convenings & Coalition Building – Builds bridges between ECE and K-12 systems and work in coalition with partners to move a collective agenda focused on racial equity and economic justice.
- Children and families of color from historically underserved communities have the whole-child support and resources to reach their full potential.
- California builds on its cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity to give all learners an opportunity to succeed.
- Meaningful alignment and collaboration exist between the ECE system and K-12 system.