Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion (DREI) in Early Childhood Policy

Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion (DREI) in Early Childhood Policy

Diversity, racial equity, and inclusion (DREI) resources are a collection of materials that seek to disrupt traditional early childhood policy assumptions by highlighting diverse voices. Rather than categorize by the type of document being produced, the resources in DREI include an array of policy briefs, research reports, and academic papers germane to the topic of DREI in early childhood policy (ECP). If you are interested in learning about diverse perspectives and innovative approaches to racial equity in ECP, we invite you to explore these resources.

Recommended Readings From Our Policy Connect Colleagues:

Alliance for Early Success (2023). State Levers to Impact Family Economic Security.

Butler, A., Teasley, C., & Sánchez-Blanco, C. (2019). A decolonial, intersectional approach to disrupting whiteness, neoliberalism, and patriarchy in Western early childhood education and care. Handbook of theory and research in cultural studies and education, 1-18.

Capper, C. A. (2015). The 20th-year anniversary of critical race theory in education: Implications for leading to eliminate racism. Educational Administration Quarterly, 51(5), 791-833.

Children's Funding Project (2023). Find Federal Funding in Your Community Database.


Coburn, K., Keating, K., & Jennings-Schaffer, J. (2022). Addressing bias and advancing equity in state policy. DC: Zero to Three.

Diem, S., Young, M. D., & Sampson, C. (2019). Where critical policy meets the politics of education: An introduction. Educational Policy, 33(1), 3-15.

Dutta-Gupta, I. (Aug 2023). The Enduring Effects of Childhood Poverty. Center for Law and Social Policy.

Escayg, K. A. (2020). Anti‐racism in US early childhood education: Foundational principles. Sociology Compass, 14(4).

Falgout, M. K., & Gibbs, H. (Mar 23 2022). 5 strategies for equitable implementation of public investments in child care.  Center for American Progress.

Haider, A., Goran, A., Brumfield, C., & Tatum, L. (Oct 2022). Re-Envisioning TANF: Toward an Anti-Racist Program That Meaningfully Serves Families. Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.

King, C. (Jul 2022). Using Integrated Data to Increase Equitable Access to Early Childhood Programs. Child Trends: Washington, DC.

Lloyd, C. M., Carlson, J., Barnett, H., Shaw, S., & Logan, D. (Sep 2021). Mary Pauper: A historical exploration of early care and education compensation, policy, and solutions. Child Trends.

Meek, S., Iruka, I. U., Dunbar, W., Williams, C., Cardona, M., Gilliam, W., Soto-Boykin, X., Alexander, B., & Catherine, E. (2022). 10 Ways the Biden Administration Can Advance Equity for Young Learners Today.

Nickelson, R. S., Wheeler, C., Brafman, S., & Dawson, K., (Mar 2022). Centering the Experiences of Black Mamas in the Workplace: How the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Can Support Black Maternal Health. Black Mammas Matter Alliance.

Pandey, P. (Jul 2022). Poor Job Quality Keeps Women of Color from Economic Opportunity. The Center for Law and Social Policy: Washington, DC.

Smith, L., Ehlers, C., & Rosen, S. (Feb 24 2022). Findings from BPC's Survey of American Indian/ Alaska Native Parents.  Bipartisan Policy Center.

Soto-Boykin, X., Meek, S., & Iruka, I. U. (2022). Advancing Equity through Head Start’s Program Information Report.

Souto-Manning, M., & Rabadi-Raol, A. (2018). (Re) Centering quality in early childhood education: Toward intersectional justice for minoritized children. Review of Research in Education, 42(1), 203-225.

Stewart, S. K., Ray, A., & Wright, M. S. (Jun 13 2022). Implications for Racial Equity Leadership Development: Lessons from the Equity Leaders Action Network. BUILD Initiative: Washington, DC.

Strive Together. (Jun 2021). A guide to racial and ethnic equity systems indicators. Cincinnati, OH.

Tucker, J. & Vogtman, J. (Mar 2022). Resilient But Not Recovered: After Two Years of the COVID-19 Crisis, Women are Still Struggling. National Women's Law Center, 1-18.

Recommended Readings From Our Advisory Committee:

Linda Espinosa,
ECPIHE Advisory Committee Member

Linda Espinosa,
ECPIHE Advisory Committee Member

Gilliam, W.S., Malik, A.A., Shafiq, M., Klotz, M., Reyes, C., Humphries, J.E., Murray, T., Elharake, J.A., Wilkinson, D. and Omer, S.B., 2021. COVID-19 transmission in US child care programs. Pediatrics, 147(1).

Louis Manfra,
ECPIHE Advisory Committee Member

Manfra, L., Squires, C., Dinehart, L. H., Bleiker, C., Hartman, S. C., & Winsler, A. (2017). Preschool writing and premathematics predict grade 3 achievement for low-income, ethnically diverse children. The Journal of Educational Research, 110(5), 528-537. DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2016.1145095

Connect with us:


Email: info@ecpolicy.org

Thank you to our funders Heising-Simons Foundation Buffett Early Childhood Fund Logo Bezos Family Foundation