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Anti-Racism Resources
Read our message of solidarity

We commit our organization, our movement, and ourselves to being anti-racist in all aspects of our work, to use our platform to raise Black voices, and to create an equitable early childhood education system that advances racial justice for the next generation of Vermonters. We commit to listen actively, to learn openly, and to examine and question our privilege and tolerance of systemic racism, in order to disrupt structures of oppression. We've curated the resources below, many of which we are using as individuals and as an organization to uphold our pledge to be part of the solution.

 

2018 and 2019

• Created staff “Change Team" after racist events in Charlottesville to identify ways for LGK to more fully advance equity in our organization, movement, and early childhood education

• Adopted LGK inclusion statement that was drafted with staff and leadership input and approved by the board

• Revised LGK hiring policies and practices in line with best practices for equity 

• Hosted multi-part staff training on implicit bias and racial equity with full-day all-staff retreat 

2020

• Offered public statement of solidarity after murder of George Floyd

• Created an anti-racism resources webpage

• Made grants totaling $10,000 to Vermont organizations tackling racism and lifting Black voices through a staff-led research and decision-making process

• Drafted equity framework for LGK staff to use to assess—and improve—LGK programs, policies, and practices

• Created three staff committees to tackle three initial priorities:

1. Implement an outreach and engagement strategy to ensure LGK includes, listens to, and represents the needs of Black Vermonters and people of color in all parts of our movement

2. Examine and articulate connection between high-quality early childhood education and racial justice, and adjust our programs and policy recommendations accordingly

3. Advance sustainable strategies to support early childhood educators in creating anti-racist child care programs