Addressing the Systemic Inequities that Stand in the Way of Children’s Well-Being

Addressing the Systemic Inequities that Stand in the Way of Children's Well-Being


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IHEOMA U. IRUKA, Equity Research Action Coalition at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Poverty, race, culture, or zip code should not predetermine a child’s school and life success. This digital dialogue explored the historical roots and current practices and policies that may lead to racial disparities (e.g., conflation of effects of poverty and neglect/abuse) within early childhood and child welfare. The session explored how policies and practices to dismantle racism in early childhood education can serve as a pathway for addressing racial disproportionality in child welfare and ensure child wellbeing. The digital dialogue also provided tools and resources to use to incorporate a racial equity lens in work with children, families, and communities to dismantle racism and other systemic barriers and ensure equitable opportunities.