On December 19, the Regional Early Childhood Council, Ready by 21 St. Louis and Vision for Children at Risk hosted a webinar presented by the BUILD Initiative and Child and Family Policy Center titled, Place, Race, ACE, and the First 1000 Days: New Policy Imperatives for Early Childhood. About 25 people participated. As the title implies, achieving racial equity in early childhood systems was a primary area of focus for the webinar.
In the early childhood arena there is less research and policy information on issues related to achieving racial equity than most other aspects of the field. In the St. Louis region addressing issues related to racial inequity has been made a focus of Forward Through Ferguson, For the Sake of All, Ready by 21 St. Louis, and the Regional Early Childhood Council. Each of those initiatives also is focused on early childhood development. In this context strategies and policies to address racial equity related to children become particularly valuable.
Among the resources made available through the December 19 webinar was the report Prenatal to Age 3: A Comprehensive, Racially-Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development. We thought you might find the report to be of use in your work to promote equitable early childhood development.