Cynthia D. Jackson
Executive Director Educare Learning Network Chicago
This 2022 report highlights nine projects led by organizations around the US which were funded through Trust for Learning’s SEED fund. Together, their efforts will reach tens of thousands of educators each year.
Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the essential role of early childhood educators in our society and economy. Simultaneously, racial justice advocates generated new political will and awareness about the importance of ensuring racial equity in all aspects of child development programs. These conditions spurred momentum and innovation despite the enormous stress of an evolving economic, political, and public health landscape.
Within this context, Trust for Learning (the Trust) created 2020’s Supporting Equitable Educator Development (SEED) fund to catalyze investments that address these challenges and support a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable early learning workforce skilled in high-quality, anti-racist practice aligned with the principles of ideal learning environments. The initiative built on insights from the Trust’s 2020 Ideal Pathways report about the state of educator development programs aligned with ideal learning approaches, and sought to accelerate momentum at the intersection of racial equity and quality in the early childhood profession.
With general support from the Trust’s core philanthropic partners, five partners made additional contributions to the SEED fund to support creative COVID-19-era projects led by early learning providers, training organizations, local government, and institutions of higher education to address one or more of the following objectives:
This final report provides a synopsis of the overall impact of the initiative and highlights the remarkable work of each of the nine partners as well as insights related to the fund’s goals. Trust for Learning welcomes additional conversation and feedback on this effort.
On this panel, learn from four partners about their projects and ongoing efforts toward these goals as we mark the release of a new report highlighting all nine projects and lessons learned. Most importantly, hear from our partners, listed below, about what kinds of investments and efforts are needed now to sustain racial equity and antiracism in ECE.
This candid and casual conversation features Iheoma Iruka and Ellen Roche discussing key ECE topics related to organizational development (hiring, training, board engagement), key policy topics (measurement, QRIS, funding), and how the workforce crisis can continue to be a call to action for inclusive and bold investments. They also discussed what kinds of investments and efforts are needed now to sustain racial equity and antiracism in ECE. Watch the recording below and read the op-ed that highlights key racial equity grantmaking practices for funders.
Ask Yourself: How’re we using the power we have while also amplifying organizations that have historically received less attention & financial support?
Associate Vice President, Education Center Bank Street College of Education
Research Professor, Fellow, & Founding Director The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
Founding Director and Professor of Practice Children’s Equity Project at Arizona State University
Codirector Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation (CEERE) HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Coursework Instructor and Supervised Fieldwork Advisor Bank Street College of Education
Early Childhood Applied Practice Manager HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Director of Ideal Learning Initiatives Trust for Learning Centennial, CO
Chief Strategy & Policy Officer | Co-Director Trust for Learning Washington, DC
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