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The Children's Equity Project

About the Children's Equity Project

The Children’s Equity Project is led in partnership with researchers and advocates at several universities and organizations across the United States. Our work focuses on closing opportunity gaps and advancing equity in all of the systems that impact the lives of children and families so that all children, particularly those from historically and contemporary marginalized communities, can thrive.

The CEP works at the intersection of research, practice, and policy. We engage in rigorous original research, partner with policy makers at every level of government to support data and research informed policy changes that will advance opportunity for children from historically marginalized communities; and engage with communities to deliver training, technical assistance, and professional development. We are informed by families' voices through our family advisory committee, lived experiences, data, and research, and have deep expertise in child development, policy, and systems. 

Read more about our team and our work below. 

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Research and Translation

Highly trained faculty from ASU and at partner institutions across the country conduct original, actionable research on a range of equity issues. We lead a national network of equity scholars and work through a "hub" model to aggregate, translate and disseminate equity research to policy and practice.

Check out our resources page to learn how we are applying our research to create more equitable learning environments.




We work with states and communities on policy change across a range of equity issues along with our partners at the federal level to ensure that equity issues are understood and considered in the federal policy-making process.

Read our resources providing policy recommendations on how we can improve policy in the U.S. to better serve our youngest learners.




The CEP uses a data and research-informed, policy and practice-focused lens that frames our training and technical assistance (TTA) approach. We work with federal, state, and local child and family-serving system leaders to surface and dismantle inequitable policies and practices by critically examining systemic factors that perpetuate and sustain inequities. We work across an array of systems including early care and education (child care, Head Start, pre-K systems), early intervention and preschool special education, K-12 education, child welfare, mental health and health, and more. We also provide training and professional development opportunities for practitioners across a variety of roles in each of these systems.

Technical Assistance

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Join the Children’s Equity Project and The Century Foundation June 11 at 1PM ET as we highlight our new framework for providing emergent bilinguals with access to high-quality dual language education. This is the first in a webinar series highlighting this framework.

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In this brief, we provide nine overarching recommendations for CCDF Lead Agencies to leverage the CCDF 2025-2027 Plan to address dimensions of access, quality, and equity and to better reach eligible children and families in low-income households through subsidies, especially those who have been historically and contemporarily marginalized, including Black, Indigenous, Latine, Asian, and other children of color; children with disabilities; emerging bilingual children; and children from under-resourced communities.

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Join the Children’s Equity Project virtually for a one-hour webinar on the new report “State CCDF Plans: Expanding Access, Enhancing Quality, and Advancing Equity”. Co-authors Dr. Shantel Meek and Dr. Eric Bucher will provide an overview of each of the nine recommendations to address dimensions of access, quality, and equity in the CCDF 2025-2027 Plan. 

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Read the CEP's latest reports and resources

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The Children's Equity Project has grown to a team of fifteen Arizona State University staff and faculty and manages a network of over two dozen scholars from twelve universities and institutes across the United States. Learn more about our team below!

Meet Our Team

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The Children's Equity Project does a plethora of amazing work across research, policy, and practice across the early education space and has been featured in many news outlets highlighting our work. Check them out below!

In the News

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With funding from the Heising Simons Foundation, the CEP is proud to offer the Start with Equity Fellowship, a 1-year fellowship program to prepare the next generation of changemakers in early childhood policy and research.

Start with Equity Fellowship