PURPOSE: Build the capacity of participants to impact equity in early childhood education to address disparities, close achievement gaps and create positive child outcomes among learners Birth to 3rd Grade. As a result of the meeting, participants will develop a plan to take back to their state that identifies useful resources, good ideas, and new colleagues to support continued efforts to ensure equity for all young children.
Increase understanding and develop a shared language of how inequity impacts children and families.
Increase knowledge of tools and strategies that state early childhood specialists can use to ensure more equitable services at the local level.
Increase knowledge of the research on policy and practice that impacts equitable access to high quality early childhood education.