Our Mission

We build the collective power of leaders of color to transform early childhood systems so that every child and their community thrives.

Core Beliefs & Commitments to Action

The WA Early Childhood Policy Fellowship is rooted in the beliefs that:

  • BIPOC leaders hold the knowledge, expertise, and transformative power to make necessary community-centered changes in early childhood policy.

 

  • Communities who are most impacted by systemic injustices must be represented in positions of power within policy development processes and decision-making in order to identify and address complex, structural inequities that are detrimental to all.

  • Increasing BIPOC leaders in the early childhood policy field is insufficient; We must prioritize real, sustained progress in undoing structural racism and dismantling practices that uphold white supremacy in the sector for long-term success.

  • Transformational change requires white people to commit to and work toward undoing the persistent, ongoing systems of racism and addressing racism’s historical harmful impact on communities of color.

  • Our fellowship program is a part of a larger body of work required to make the early childhood policy sector in Washington state more just, inclusive, and effective for children and families.

The WA Early Childhood Policy Fellowship commits to actualizing our core beliefs and theory of change through the following actions:

 

  • We prioritize the health and well-being of BIPOC leaders, creating a space for reflection,restoration, joy and belonging within the early childhood policy field.

 

  • We build trusting relationships to further shared work, collaboration, and better outcomes for children in Washington. 

  • We value the expertise and experiences of BIPOC leaders in this work with compensation for their time and energy, moving away from perpetual volunteer time from BIPOC leaders who are often asked to shoulder the greatest burdens.

 

  • We have sincere and authentic curiosity and willingness to learn about and honor the intersectionalities of identity in order to deepen and enrich our work, including race, gender, class, immigration, sexual orientation, ability, language, and experience.

 

  • We recognize our respective privileges and use them to support those historically excluded from justice.