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Allies for Antiracism

As we pursue opportunity for each and every child in each and every state, we know we must center racial equity and antiracism in our early childhood policy advocacy.

The Alliance for Early Success Allies for Antiracism

Over the past four centuries, racist policies in our country have been central to the creation of pervasive systems, practices, and perceptions that rob and constrain children of color from birth—generation after generation.

So we at the Alliance for Early Success believe the only way we’ll achieve our vision is through policy changes that dismantle the structural racism that causes disparity from the beginning. As we work toward our mission of creating an early childhood policy advocacy community that secures the policies and investments essential for every young child to thrive, we know we must center racial equity.

Allies for Antiracism is our commitment to centering racial equity in our strategic planning and in the community building that is central to our work.


Our Allies for Antiracism initiative has three pillars:


We will continually name the racism that permeates all aspects of the opportunities to succeed for many of our nation’s children and families.


We will continually learn and self-assess as professionals and as an organization. 


We will continually collaborate with state allies and the national organizations that support their work to hear where they are and what they need, and will follow through with technical efforts to help them pursue policies that dismantle racism and undo racial disparities. 

The Alliance began this journey in 2015 when we convened a racial equity advisory group to guide the revision of our policy framework, and we are continuing the learning, conversation, and practice that will help us—and the early childhood allies in our national community—get increasingly effective in centering racial equity. In 2022, we updated the Alliance Theory of Change to explicitly name structural racism and to center antiracism in our work.

The Alliance’s racial equity work includes: 

Operationalizing Equity, a six-month intensive launched in 2021 for advocacy organization leadership.

An Emerging Early Childhood Policy Professionals of Color peer network with the objective of offering a meaningful and supportive network for young early childhood advocates of color and to build a pipeline of diverse leaders.

Hosting national voices on structural racism—such as Dr. Ibram Kendi and Dr. Joia Crear-Perry—to address our network. We continue to spotlight leaders on issues such as maternal health disparities and birth equity as part of our National Issues > State Action webinar series.

Advancing the disaggregation of racial data in the analysis of early childhood and family support policy.

Centering racial equity as foundational in the reinvention of the country’s early care and education system in our policy recommendations and “big-bet” Child Care NEXT initiative.

Facilitating peer-to-peer learning between states and providing ongoing resources for operationalizing racial equity in early childhood policy advocacy.

Establishing new grant projects and programs to support states in their efforts to build coalitions and hear voices with lived experience.

Several communities of practice that equip participants to strengthen their organization’s ability to center proximate voices and work with their communities in more trauma-informed, non-extractive ways.

Continuing our ongoing all-staff racial equity self-development to ensure we all—as individuals and professionals—continually strengthen our ability to see and address structural racism.

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