Building Strong Foundations for Families

Focusing on Equity

Building Strong Foundations for Families (BSFF), a state technical assistance project conducted from 2020 – 2022, was designed to assist selected states in building and strengthening comprehensive policies, programs and systems to ensure that families with infants and toddlers have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive in their state.

Rooted in discriminatory policies throughout U.S. history, racial disparities exist across nearly every measure of wellbeing, including health, economic security, and access to early learning experiences. We know that strong policies can be a tool to disrupt and dismantle institutional racism, promote equity and ensure every child in every family gets a strong start.

Participants in the BSFF project were asked to examine disaggregated data, invite impacted individuals to decision making tables and to closely examine the policies and practices that impact babies and their families in their individual states.

Brittany Wright, Program Manager at Children’s Cabinet in Minnesota, highlights the need for families to see themselves represented in their practitioners and providers.

Learn more about Building Strong Foundations for Families.

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