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Equity Leaders Action Network Fellowship (ELAN) Second Cohort to Start Soon!

The BUILD Initiative is excited to announce the second cohort of Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) Fellowship. The Fellowship supports state, county, tribal, and territorial leaders to work within early childhood systems to advance policies, practices, programs, and initiatives that intentionally redress racial marginalization and create racial equity. Applicants should be interested in taking action within their roles, responsibilities, and spheres of influence to remediate and reduce disparities and inequities for young children (birth to age five), their families, and communities. The Fellowship is designed to nurture a community of leaders who work together to support, critique, and strengthen their shared commitment to building early childhood systems in which race and place no longer determine child outcomes and family well-being. The two-year ELAN Fellowship, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will run from April 2021 to April 2023.

“Up to twenty-five leaders working in state, county, tribal or territorial programs, initiatives, or structures within the early childhood system (e.g., early learning and care, health, child welfare) will be selected to participate in the second ELAN cohort. Applicants’ leadership work in early childhood systems must be focused on young children (prenatal to age 5). The ELAN Fellowship intentionally seeks to include early childhood system and program leaders from communities and groups who historically have experienced and/or currently experience racial, ethnic, and economic marginalization.”

Applications are due February 19, 2021. 

Complete the fellowship application here. Download a PDF of the fellowship application here.


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