This school year, Durham PreK’s Quality Subcommittee has undertaken the work to develop a Durham PreK SY21-22 Equity Plan as well as draft long-term goals to ensure equitable policies and practices for Durham PreK. This process has included a review of research and reports around equity issues in early childhood experiences. The subcommittee also reviewed recommendations, data and strategies included in the Report of the Durham Racial Equity Task Force, Durham’s Early Childhood Action Plan, Durham PreK’s survey results and data, Durham County’s Preschool Supply and Demand Study and Durham’s Community Early Education/Preschool Task Force Report.
After completing this review, Durham PreK’s Quality Subcommittee has identified the following areas of focus for Durham PreK’s SY21-22 Equity Plan.
Transportation was also identified as a main barrier to equitable access to Durham PreK. However, understanding the potential high cost of providing transportation and the county’s current focus on COVID-19 recovery, the Quality Subcommittee decided to focus on goals and strategies that seemed more feasible with restricted funding for SY21-22, including supporting access for before and after care. The Quality Subcommittee recommends completing a thorough analysis on how to support transportation for Durham PreK families as well as other early childhood programming in the county. Providing transportation supports access to the program as well as attendance for enrolled families. Additionally, the subcommittee would like to recommend reviewing strategies for providing transportation for families and guardians to attend events at their children’s’ schools and programs.
Support access for before and after care for families
Remove the barrier to pre-k enrollment by supporting families’ access to before and after care.
Durham PreK will expand access to before and after care by supporting programs in offering the services and support the affordability for before and after care for families.
Increase the number of Spanish-speaking teachers of Latinx/Hispanic background
Ensure that teachers in Durham PreK represent the diverse student population they teach – including their language diversity.
Durham PreK will increase the number of Spanish-speaking lead and assistant teachers of Latinx/Hispanic backgrounds across all classrooms.
Develop an equity-based professional development plan for teachers and directors
Ensure that Durham PreK teachers and directors incorporate equitable, culturally and linguistically competent and anti-racist practices in their Durham PreK classrooms and programs.
Work with Durham County’s pre-k partners to develop an equity-based professional development plan for all pre-k teachers and directors working in publicly funded pre-k classrooms.
Support the development of anti-racist pre-k curriculum/lesson plans for Durham PreK classrooms
Ensure that Durham PreK teachers incorporate anti-racist pre-k curriculum and lesson plans that promote positive racial and ethnic identity.
Work with Durham County’s pre-k teachers, technical assistance specialists and anti-racist curriculum experts and trainers to support the development and implementation of anti-racist pre-k curriculum/lesson plans.