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ECEI pledges alliance with partners standing against racism

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ECEI Pledges to Stand with Partners Against Racism

Racism, inequities, and injustice are plagues that have afflicted our society for hundreds of years.

They are present today, when unarmed men and women of color are killed by police, just as they were present 99 years ago during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

They are present when teenagers in black communities are wrestled to the ground and handcuffed for jaywalking.

Racial inequities and injustices, however, aren’t only about violent acts like the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

They find ways to permeate our everyday lives, even impacting the classrooms designed to provide quality and equal education to all children.

That's why, even before recent events brought these issues to our country's collective consciousness, we began revising our vision and mission statements to reflect our focus on understanding, advancing, and supporting equity in early childhood.

Today, we join the voices rising around the world to state “Black Lives Matter.”

Today, we join our local and national early childhood partners in standing side-by-side with all communities and pledge to work toward rooting out systemic racism, bias, and injustice while promoting and creating a more equitable early childhood experience.

We believe that just as racism and prejudice are taught and learned, so too are equity and inclusion.

We are committed to taking the time to listen, learn, and grow; to advance equity, and to work to be part of the solution.

In solidarity,
Diane Horm, ECEI Director
Sherri Castle, Assistant Director of Research
Beth Sullins, Assistant Director of Operations