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Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN)

Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN)

Dear Colleagues,

The BUILD Initiative is launching an Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) to support individual leaders, over three years, who have responsibility at the state or county level for early childhood systems. ELAN leaders will work together to identify, address and take action on issues of inequity based on race, ethnicity, language and culture in our early childhood state systems.

We hope you will share this opportunity with your networks and consider applying yourself if the criteria and goals fit your background and interest. Please forward this email to colleagues who might be interested.

For more information about the ELAN and the application process, join us for a webinar onFriday, July 10, 2015 at 1 pm ET. Register for the webinar.

If you would like to apply to participate in the ELAN, applications are due no later than 5 pm ET on July 30, 2015. Access the application.

The intention of the ELAN is to:

  • Support leaders in developing the will and skill to question personal assumptions, institutional and structural policies and practices, and work collaboratively to develop a blueprint to promote early childhood systems that are explicitly and measurably equitable and excellent for all children.

  • Build the capacity of members to critically examine, with a racial equity lens, institutional and structural policies and practices in the distribution of state and federal resources (funding and services).

  • Advance change to avoid disadvantaging racially and ethnically diverse children, families and members of the early childhood workforce.

For additional details on BUILD's Equity Leaders Action Network, view the overview documentto learn more about background and planning, the selection criteria for participation and the individual and organizational commitment for those who are selected.

We hope you will join the webinar on July 10 to learn more about this exciting opportunity (you can submit questions on the registration form ahead of time).


Sherri Killins, Ed.D,

Director of Systems Alignment and Integration, BUILD Initiative

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