September 20, 2021


Education strikes back

Equity in Early Childhood Instruction: Is Atlanta a Tale of Two Cities?

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By Blythe Keeler Robinson, President and CEO, Sheltering Arms

In substantial university I had to read “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. It begins with a unforgettable initially sentence that captures the latest state of affairs in our place, our state and a lot more particularly, our metropolis, as we grapple with a international pandemic and the legacy of systemic racism. “It was the best of instances, it was the worst of periods, it was the age of knowledge, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light-weight, it was the year of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the wintertime of despair.”

Atlanta is the funds of U.S. inequality for the 2nd year in a row, in accordance to a Bloomberg investigation of large American towns with a inhabitants of at least a quarter-million. Atlanta has the worse money inequality in the United States. It sits in a condition that has the major gender wage hole in the nation among self-employed older people. Atlanta also has experienced from a lack of economic mobility. It rated 49th of 50 metro parts in a 2014 Harvard study of inter-generational mobility — or weak small children escalating up to become effectively off. And Ga ranks in the bottom 3rd of the poorest states in the nation. Atlanta really is a tale of two metropolitan areas.

Why is obtaining fairness so difficult? I suspect it is tricky due to the fact inequity is ingrained in the cloth of our modern society. Everybody talks about good or everybody obtaining a truthful shot, but we neglect to accept our collective background and the simple fact that lots of of the methods in position have, for generations, deprived people today of colour.  Fairness usually means every person will get what they want. Except if we are intentional about interrogating our systems and processes and dismantling racism, our metropolis will continue on to be the epitome of the haves and the have-nots.

At Sheltering Arms, we watch and technique our get the job done just about every day as a result of an equity lens. We present early childhood instruction and care to the most susceptible family members in Atlanta, serving a vast majority Black population, and we aid the caregivers, mother and father and guardians of those small children by equipping them with the vital methods to break the generational poverty cycle.  Ninety-two p.c of our family members report Sheltering Arms workers is beneficial in connecting them with helpful community resources. We are executing our ideal to present our households and small children what they have to have to bridge the equity gap. We supply the young children with a substantial-excellent schooling, and for households, we give workforce growth, and steering concerning publish-secondary education, wellbeing and psychological wellbeing products and services and other vital means. Our little ones enter the faculty process Kindergarten-completely ready and about 90% fulfill or exceed the developmental milestones for their age by the end of the university calendar year.

Improve starts with us…and it starts off now. We ought to get the job done together to create a additional equitable earth for Atlanta’s small children, the leaders of tomorrow.