Community Partner Overview
The Equity Collaborative (formally-named the Culturally Specific Early Learning Advocacy Collaborative) works to increase investment in culturally specific early childhood practices and shift the public narrative to make equity a priority in Oregon’s early education system. Through this collective project and intentional capacity building efforts, the Collaborative also aims to create a lasting strategic partnership that is community-based and community-led.
The Collaborative was first organized in 2016 to engage the voices of communities of color who were not being heard in critical discussions about the funding and policies relating to their children. Without a collaborative effort to achieve advocacy for early childhood equity, these important perspectives would continue to be absent and substantial numbers of children would continue to suffer from inequitable distribution of resources for families.
Lead Partner: Jim Zuiches
The Equity Collaborative is comprised of five SVP Community Partner organizations: Black Parent Initiative, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, KairosPDX, Latino Network, and NAYA. They are working collectively to increase investments in culturally-specific early childhood practices and shift the public narrative, in order to make racial equity a priority in Oregon’s early education system. Through this collective project and capacity building advocacy effort, the Collaborative aims to establish a sustainable partnership that is community-based and community-led.