Equity means an effort or strategy to ensure all who need services have access to and an understanding about opportunities. It may include treating everyone with an equal amount of respect and care, regardless of social-economic status, race, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, language, national origin, indigenous heritage, religion, or other identities.


What’s the Difference? Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Diversity recognizes the varied experiences and backgrounds from those who are similar.

Inclusion is the effort to invite individuals from varying backgrounds to be a part of the work. Inclusion requires action in which all participants can connect, engage, collaborate, and contribute to a space and take into consideration individual uniqueness.

Equity recognizes that not everyone comes from the same starting place. Regardless of the identity or financial background of someone, there may be a need for assistance in different and unique ways.

Belonging keeps participants engaged and active in the group. Belonging creates the space for individuals to feel valued and respected as they bring their diverse experiences and suggestions.

Early childhood education programs which are aware of, and practice diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging can create a welcoming and valuable experience for staff, children and families.

Adapted from The Pennsylvania Key


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