Justice, Equity, and Belonging: A Commitment to Ongoing Learning
ECCLA commits to the process of ensuring equity, dismantling systems of racism, ableism, sexism, and other systems of oppression while supporting young children, families, and early childhood professionals to have a voice as their true selves in our early childhood system. We recognize that this process will take time for our organization and we commit to continuing to learn more and grow to authentically and responsively support equity, diversity, and inclusion in the early childhood system.
With this vision in mind, ECCLA staff have come together to create the Justice, Equity, and Belonging Collaborative as an advisory committee and a community of professionals who wish to grow together. We invite you to check out our Resource Library as well as read our 2023 Action Plan to learn more about how we intend to cultivate an environment of belonging and inclusion within ECCLA and our early childhood community.
ECCLA envisions an early childhood system that promotes thriving young children, their families, and communities. In order for this vision to become a reality, ECCLA recognizes that we must work with partners to dismantle systemic racism and biases that have been present in early childhood education. To do this, we commit to building and strengthening formal partnerships with organizations that are focused on early childhood and racial justice and learning where we can authentically lend support and resources to lift up the work that dismantles systemic racism, bias, and exclusion in the early childhood system.
We recognize that we cannot do this work effectively without including outside voices and perspectives. We are identifying and reaching out to other organizations, but we may miss some. If your organization is interested in collaborating or partnering to create an environment of justice, equity, and belonging for young children, families, and early childhood professionals, then we invite you to reach out to Cameron Fall.