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Reflections and Recommendations from Interviews with Eight Early Childhood Education Policy Leaders of Color: Why Is Everyone at the Policy Tables So White?

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As one of the interviewees for this paper stated, “we need a reckoning” on the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the early childhood policy workforce and on the critical need to adopt a racial equity approach to the policy and advocacy work. As the United States becomes a minority-majority country, there is an even greater urgency to ensuring that the policies for children, families, and communities address head on the structural and institutional conditions that hold families and communities back from economic, education, and health success.

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