Children, Families, and Youth Development


Resources in this section highlight some of the ways that systems of inequity profoundly influence the opportunities available to children, youth and families, and ways that various groups have sought to increase positive effects and prevent or reduce negative ones. The resources included in this section also highlight the primary role that family and other early factors have in shaping life experiences. They also seek to shed light on the myriad ways that racial inequity is present in those experiences, even from their very beginning. From unsafe neighborhoods to greater exposure to environmental toxins, children of color are frequently exposed to a variety of negative effects to which white children typically are not. These facts are daunting, and, at the same time, offer very clear paths for transformation and entry points to early intervention and support.

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