Equitable Education Begins Before Birth

Equitable Education Begins Before Birth

 

At the end of 2023, St. Joseph Fund (SJF) celebrated the conclusion of its Education Initiative’s inaugural year. This initiative aimed to establish and strengthen relationships with community partners in Washington state and focused on developing capacity-building strategies to strengthen internal policies and systems toward equitable education. The BIPOC-led community-based organizations (CBOs) and groups represent the communities most impacted by educational injustices and work to address the root causes of education inequities from birth and through adulthood.

 

This year, we are dedicated to learning from grassroots non-profits’ and groups’ organizational capacity and power by building a Black and Indigenous birth justice collaborative centered on peer-to-peer learning, solidarity, and healing. This collaborative will explore opportunities to strengthen a network of birthing partners throughout Washington state. The support allows them to continue their existing organizing efforts while creating a space for collective analysis and exploration of the experiences and challenges of birthing individuals and birth workers who have systemically harmed Black and Indigenous communities.

 

When birthing parents are empowered, their children begin their lives on a successful path. We invite you to join us in celebrating the Birth Justice Coalition’s partners as they lay the groundwork for a more just and equitable educational landscape. By supporting and uplifting these vital efforts, we can collectively create a future where every child has the opportunity to thrive from the very start.