Equity & Diversity


All children achieve their full potential in a society that closes opportunity gaps and recognizes and values diversity. The Partnership supports:

  • Explicit and concerted efforts to address child health, education, justice, and other disparities by race, ethnicity, national origin, language, sexual orientation, disability, and income
  • Multi-cultural approaches to policy design and implementation
  • Policies regarding immigrant and refugee children that meet their health, safety, education, and developmental needs
  • Workforce strategies that develop culturally diverse and competent professionals in systems serving children and families


Every state has its own laws, policies and program that affect opportunity gaps and diversity. As a result, Partnership for America’s Children members work to improve opportunities for all children in a wide variety of ways. Below are some of the approaches our members have taken recently to help all children achieve their full potential in a society that closes opportunity gaps and values diversity:

Connecticut Voices for Children examines the disparate impacts racial inequity imposes on Connecticut families as they engage health care, education, juvenile justice, and the economy. All its reports, like State of Working Connecticut and Keeping Kids in Class, illuminate racial inequity’s breadth and depth from a two generation perspective so policymakers may address these concerns with quality research.

Children First for Oregon recently worked to end discriminatory stops, outlaw "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ youth, and pass the Ban the Box legislation.

The Black Children’s Institute of Tennessee’s works to close the disparity gaps for children of color in the education, child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Tennessee not only by seeking policy changes but also by empowering parents to speak up for their children and advocate for changes in policy that will help close those gaps.

Equity frames all of the issue area work at the Washington Children’s Alliance.  For example, its child safety efforts are focused around a state advisory committee that examines racial disproportionality in child welfare system.

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