Leadership at the Pennsylvania Key shared an overview of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)’s Position Statement on Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education to identify opportunities to disseminate the statement.
All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. Thus, all early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. They can do this best when they are effectively supported by the early learning settings in which they work and when they and their wider communities embrace diversity and full inclusion as strengths, uphold fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities.
At this time, leadership also used this resource and subsequent discussion to drive equity work forward internally, in the ECE community and beyond.
Some beginning steps for the Pennsylvania Key included:
- Creating an Equity work group and
- Creating an assessment to set a baseline to determine both strengths and weaknesses in current equitable practice.