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Executive Extra

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Advancing an Equitable and Anti-Racist Child Care System

Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., CEO of Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), recently penned an article detailing her personal experiences with racism as a Mexican-American and its impact on her quest for systemic change in childcare.

Dr. Fraga describes how recent painful events, such as the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer, have affected her and caused reflection. She writes:

"In many ways, I am the manifestation of the dreams of my grandparents—a college graduate, earning a doctorate and living her passion in her professional career. Like so many of my brothers and sisters of color, I am both deeply grateful for my family's sacrifices and the life I have, as well as painfully aware of the subtle—and not at all subtle—ways that my skin color informs people's interactions with me, my family and countless others."

Fraga shares her perspectives and experiences with the belief that talking about them in a personal way is key to confronting the reality of racism, implicit bias, and their painful outcomes.

"CCAoA believes that equitable early childhood education must lift up all children and support their growth and development, while providing educational advancement in partnership with families. To do so, we must acknowledge the history of our country and the disparate impact that racism, past and present, has had on generations of Black and Brown Americans.

"We must acknowledge the pernicious effects of historical trauma and structural racism that have resulted in cumulative adverse economic and social impacts on people of color. And we must work to ensure that our early childhood and child care systems do not perpetuate—indeed, must actively work to reverse—the racism, poverty and lack of opportunity that exists in the United States."

To read Fraga's article in its entirety, visit Exchange Magazine.

Courtesy of NAA.

Photo courtesy of Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., CEO of Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA).