Racial Equity

In recognition of the impact that race, ethnicity, income and gender have on children’s well-being, in 2015 the Early Learning Alliance began investigating these issues and ways that our work can make a difference.

Dec. 2015 – ELA hosts an introductory training session, conducted by Leon Andrews, Director of the National League of Cities’ Racial Equity and Leadership (REAL) initiative, for its members, partners and community leaders.

Spring 2016 –  ELA establishes a Racial Equity Task Force, and on May 25, 2016 the Center for Public Policy Priorities presented the “State of Texas Children 2016: Race and Equity in Fort Worth” to more than 200 people at an all-day event co-sponsored by the Early Learning Alliance, the North Texas Community Foundation, the Boone Family Foundation and the Annie E Casey Foundation.

Feb. 2017 –  FWISD Board of Trustees approves a racial and ethnic equity policy.

Apr. 2017 – ELA brings REAL staff back to Fort Worth for a two-day workshop with community leaders.

May 2017 – ELA Leadership endorses the Racial and Ethnic Equity Process for Designing Programs That Improve Child Well-Being and the tool is rolled out to ELA members and partners in June.

June 2017 – the Mayor and City Council appoint a new task force for race and culture. City leaders have met with the National League of Cities Racial Equity and Leadership initiative to talk about best practices other cities have used to unite people across racial lines and other differences.

Equity in Child Well-Being

The Early Learning Alliance believes that race, ethnicity, income and gender impact opportunities for children to succeed and we must work to eliminate disparities that undermine child well-being.

Task Force Members:

Paul Gravley, Task Force Co-Chair, The Parenting Center

Kym Shaw Day, Task Force Co-Chair, Educational First Steps

Pablo Calderon, Community Volunteer

Juan Daniel Garcia, FWISD Parents as Teachers

Ann Rice, Community Volunteer

Kenneth Sherman, HighScope Educational Research Foundation

LaToya Stewart, American Heart Association

Michelle Buckley, ELA Coordinator