Advancing Racial & Ethnic Equity
in Early Childhood
The Head Start Belief
"Head Start is rooted in the belief that every child has the ability to succeed in school and in life. Ending injustice, racism, and bias is fundamental to delivering on this promise." -NHSA
Supporting Every Child:
"Equity, diversity, and inclusion are assurances that every person has value and deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential." -NHSA
"Head Start of Eastern Orange County is fully committed to fulfill the fundamental belief that every child has the right to succeed in school & life. It is our responsibility & mission to provide equitable learning opportunities while embedding race, culture and diversity in our every day practice so that every child can see themselves consistently represented & meet his/her full potential."
- Janett Rodriguez, M.Ed.- Executive Director/Head Start Director of HSEOC
Addressing Racial Inequities Begins
in Early Childhood
"Research demonstrates that children’s awareness of racial differences and the impact of racism begins quite early (Tatum 2003; Winkler 2009). Multiple studies document the ways that young children take notice of racial differences and note that as early as preschool, children may begin excluding their peers of different races from play and other activities (Winkler 2009). Many argue that creating safe spaces for children to explore these topics is more important than ever, given the current political and cultural climate, where these issues are highly visible."
-Pitts 2016; Harvey 2017; Poon 2017).... NAEYC
Advancing Racial and Ethnic Equity in Head Start
The Advancing Racial and Ethnic Equity in Head Start Webinar Series promotes anti-bias and anti-racism strategies Head Start and Early Head Start programs can use in their practices, services, and systems. It builds upon foundations in the Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders and the Head Start Program Performance Standards. It also complements Head Start's history of anti-racism in action. Watch the webinars to reflect on individual perspectives and recommit to building program environments that communicate genuine care, value, and respect for all children, families, and staff.
Topics for the four-part series include:
Exploring terminology and engaging in challenging conversations about racism
Discussing children's understanding of race and identity development
Developing anti-bias teaching practices
Examining principles and policies for human resource systems that honor diversity, equity, and inclusion
Exploring intersections of health and racial equity to support the wellness of children, families, and staff. -ECKLC
"It is through the teaching of our young children that we can affect the most change.." -ECEA