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Advancing Racial Equity

At Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce), we are committed to cultivating an environment built on the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

At all levels of the organization, we endeavor to foster a workplace that honors diversity and embeds racial equity in our decision making and internal and external processes.

Our work focused on providing a bright and just future for all children is not possible without recognizing that each child and family has been uniquely impacted by generations of long-tolerated inequities and historical traumas. Many families, especially those living in communities left under-resourced by decades of historical and institutional racism, lack access to the quality early learning and care that helps level the playing field and close the opportunity gap.

We are relentless in our pursuit to ensure that all children have the best chance to reach their full potential and thrive. We are committed to co-creating an organizational culture of inclusion where the voices and ideas of staff and the communities we serve are represented, heard, valued and acted upon.

In 2017, to safeguard the continued advancement of racial equity at Start Early, a group of passionate staff came together to form the Advancing Racial Equity (A.R.E.) Taskforce. The Taskforce, in partnership with Start Early leadership, identifies opportunities to advance racial equity – internally and externally – to ensure staff has a clear understanding of racial equity and promote its advancement.

At Start Early, we are dedicated to strengthening and deepening relationships with families and communities to ensure equitable access to high-quality early learning and care for all children.

Interested in learning more about the A.R.E. Taskforce or Start Early’s work in this area?  Please contact ARE@StartEarly.org.

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