We’re all longing to get back to normal.
But normal for whom?
Together we can build a community where children are happy, healthy, and living their best childhoods.
Discrimination, disproportionate poverty and unemployment, lack of investment, and policies that perpetuate disparities have led to a normal that does not provide equal opportunities for young children in our community.
What has normal looked like in Kent County?
A rush back to normal is a return to longstanding and persistent inequities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and further exposed by the increased focus on racial justice.
In fact, in Kent County…
More than one-third of all families — and nearly two-thirds of all Black families — struggle to pay for basic needs.
For every dollar earned by White families, Black families make about 52 cents and Latinx families make 60 cents.
Black and Latinx children are more likely than all young children in Kent County to start kindergarten without the language, math, and social skills that help them be successful in school.
In 2018, one in seven Black children in Kent County was homeless compared to one in 46 children countywide.
Together we can create a new normal. A better normal. A normal in which all children can live their best childhoods. Regardless of color, background, or zip code, our children deserve to live and play in safe neighborhoods and housing, learn in nurturing and vibrant environments, eat good food, and grow up knowing they are valued by their community.