Strategic Plan

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Strategy 6.3

Support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the early childhood care and education workforce.

6.3.1   Establish financial incentives to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of a diverse workforce.
State agency led tactic.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

6.3.2   Support culturally, linguistically, and diverse-ability-appropriate materials in professional development opportunities, facilities, playgrounds, and other learning spaces.
State agency led tactic.Local individual or small group champions.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

6.3.3   Implement professional development programs that increase workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to ensure early childhood environments are responsive to and supportive of a diverse workforce.
State agency led tactic.Local individual or small group champions.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

Progress Update

The Children’s Cabinet formally adopted an equity statement, and equity serves as a guiding principle in the All in for Kansas Kids Strategic Plan. Several organizations and providers who received PDG Quality Subgrants are using the funding to purchase culturally-competent learning materials for children or are offering retention bonuses and insurance stipends. At a governance level, the Workforce Development Advisory Group has a working subcommittee focused on identifying and expanding equity, inclusion, and diversity trainings, opportunities, and shared learning experiences for the early childhood workforce, with the hope of making recommendations to the broader system in fall/winter 2021. Even with strides made in this area, the early childhood system recognizes that more needs to be done to recruit, retain, and support a diverse early childhood care and education workforce.