Dear Child Care Providers, Families, Community Partners and Friends of ELC Broward,
We want to start off by saying Black Lives Matter at the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County. We are saddened and outraged by the countless and unnecessary deaths of unarmed black men and women at the hands of law enforcement in our country. We peacefully stand in solidarity and condemn racial injustice and discrimination of any kind.
This movement has given us an opportunity to look within our own organization and evaluate our efforts to address racial inequality and racial bias. And the truth is, we can do better. We are committed to formulating a plan to tackle this issue both internally with our employees and externally with families, child care providers and community partners. We understand that in order to begin this work, it first starts with listening. We value the thoughts, opinions and experiences from people of color and aim to build a more inclusive environment where their voices are lifted and heard. We will execute this plan with the same rigor as any business objective.
It doesn’t stop there.
At ELC Broward, our mission is to lead and support the early learning community to deliver high quality early learning experiences to young children and their families. We recognize there are racial biases within the early learning sector that disproportionately affect children of color. It is imperative that we work together to build solutions to this problem by partnering with community agencies, participate in tough conversations and engage in calls to action that lead to effective and sustainable change.
Overall, ELC Broward is committed to being a part of the solution to tackle racial injustice and help create a path forward.
Chief Executive Officer