The Equitable Early Care and Education framework described in this guide is designed to help mayors and other local leaders develop an early childhood system with young children and families at the center, engages and supports families equitably, improves the wellbeing of young children and creates opportunities for all children to reach their potential. Elements of an Equitable Early Care and Education System include:

  • Multi-sector partnerships
  • Data-driven decisions
  • Family engagement
  • Equitable access
  • Coordinated continuum
  • Professional development and support
  • Sustainable resources
  • Community participation

The sections found within this guide can be used by local leaders and partners to reflect on the current early childhood education landscape within their communities while also exploring other areas of opportunity to promote early childhood success. It can be used together with A Companion Tool for the Equitable Early Care and Education to help local leaders build a strong, responsive early childhood system in their community.