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State Allies Equity Initiatives

State early childhood advocates across the country are undertaking the research, conversations, and policy planning necessary to better center equity in their work.

Kansas Commission on Racial Equity Report

Kansas: Racial Equity and Justice Commission Report — Social Determinants of Health

Governor's Commission on Racial Equity and Justice — Formed by the governor in 2020, the commission in July of 2021 issued this report, which makes recommendations on improving racial equity in the state of Kansas by addressing social determinants of health. Advocates at Alliance ally Kansas Action for Children pushed for several key early childhood policy recommendations which were included in the final report, including policies covering taxes, early learning, and maternal and infant health. (July 2021)


Virginia: 2021 Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia

Voices for Virginia's ChildrenThe Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia’s Unified Policy Agenda is created by Virginia’s Trauma-Informed Community Networks and the Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia coalition, which includes community members, art activists, professionals from a variety of sectors, direct-service providers, and youth and caregivers to identify key legislative opportunities to leverage a multi-disciplinary lens to ensure Virginia’s systems are trauma-informed and equitable in addressing the root cause of trauma and dismantling systems of oppression. (January 2021)


California: Recommendations on Centering Racial Equity in the State's 2020 Budget

Advancement Project California — Our allies in California issued a policy brief that calls for doubling down on the strategic investments the state needs to build a foundation for healthy, sustainable, and successful educational outcomes for all students, especially for historically disadvantaged students. (June 2020)


Ohio: The Ohio Early Childhood Race and Equity Report

Groundwork Ohio — Our allies in Ohio published the Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity Report to bring greater understanding among policymakers and stakeholders of how race and location matters to the policies, institutions, and systems that shape the future for children and families in Ohio. Taking action begins with honest and sincere conversations. (Alliance Funded) (November 2018)


Washington: Equity from the Inside Out

Children's Alliance — At a recent Allies Summit, our Washington allies presented three questions that they use to center equity and practices they observe to 'hardwire" equity into their advocacy work. (Alliance Funded) (November 2017)

Learn more about our racial equity initiative.