Featured Report: Children’s Equity Project

NHSA's recent webinar, Head Start and Universal Pre-K: What We Know and What We Need, featured a diverse group of national experts who shared their insights and common goals around:

  • The urgency for Congress to enact bold new investments in early childhood, prenatal to age five
  • The opportunity to scale Head Start’s quality standards and model in a way that is responsible and inclusive, including through partnerships with child care and schools
  • The need to center families and communities throughout implementation
  • The long-overdue need to invest in higher compensation for the early childhood workforce, greater career opportunities, and linguistic and cultural diversity

We are grateful to present this webinar with Dr. Shantel Meek, founding director of the Children’s Equity Project. Dr. Meek is a long-time partner and friend of NHSA and—in her role at the helm of the Children’s Equity Project—recently a report with the Century Foundation arguing for making Head Start the anchor of a new universal system.

The report focuses on one element of the American Families Plan—universal preschool—and describes how it can bridge opportunity gaps and promote healthy, positive outcomes for young learners. The report unpacks the argument for making Head Start the anchor of the new universal system to ensure an equitable, mixed delivery, high-quality, and comprehensive system.

As NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci shared in her introductory remarks, the proposal to scale early learning opportunities for all children has the potential to transform society. The event recording below is the first of many conversations and dialogues we will need to expand access and opportunity to all of our youngest learners and their families.

Kent Mitchell

Kent Mitchell

Kent Mitchell is NHSA's director of State Affairs.

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