In 2019 the Washington Department of commerce conducted a study that found that Black American students in Spokane were some of the most underserved in Washington, as it pertains to early childhood education. As a result a committee of community members set out to better understand how to meet the need in Spokane. The result of our research is the key to eradicating bias’ that perpetuate the preschool to prison pipeline. Raze is the modality our community will use to address inequalities and disparities around education and health. The solution to closing the achievement gap and dismantling the preschool to prison pipeline in Spokane is early learning programming that highlights our shared experiences and is created through the lens of the Black American.
Raze Early Learning and Development Center will have two facilities in neighborhoods in Spokane considered childcare deserts. These two facilities will add 180 new childcare slots birth through 12 years old as well as 35 evening care slots with capacity to expand depending on community need.
Raze facilities will be located in the following childcare deserts in Spokane:
Raze- Early Learning and Development Center - Primary (site TBD) Logan Neighborhood /UDistrict
Raze- Early Learning and Development Center - Shadle
3909 W. Rowan Ave Spokane, WA 99205
The issues that we see effecting black and brown early learning students are correctable. The first step to correcting these are issues are facing them and finding community based, culturally relevant solutions and partnerships.
A few of the issues that the Raze Early Learning and Development center will have the greatest impact on are as follows:
High Infant Mortality Rate
2.5 times more likely to die before their 2nd birthday then their peers
2 times more likely to pass from SIDS then of their peers
Higher Surgical complications
18% higher chance of developing a serious infection
3.5 times more likely to die within a month after surgery then their peers
Diagnostic disparities for mental physical diagnosis
There is evidence that suggests that the way in which screening questions are phrased may influence responses by minority youth.
Lack of access to formal mental health services
Due to implicit bias and cultural views of mental health and their causes providing and receiving access to formal mental health continues to be challenging for many communities of color.
Maternal depression and postpartum experiences
Postpartum and maternal health in minorities and the underserved is 30%-40% higher than that of their peers. There are higher chances of emotional and behavioral disturbances of 50% to 80% in children whose mother suffered from postpartum and maternal mental health difficulties.
According to Cabrini University, one of the contributors to the preschool to prison pipeline is implicit bias -the act of unknowingly projecting bias on another. This fact was supported by Yale University in a 2016 study from the Yale Child Study Center that found that teachers despite ethnicity were more likely to look at black boys when behavioral issues are expected in the classroom.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of need tells us that a child cannot begin to be taught if their basic needs are not met. When we do not take this hierarchy of need into consideration when dealing with students experiencing poverty, we are negating the very foundation needed to teach our students and instead providing punitive consequences to an often-broken child, unable to learn or implement basic social emotional skills.
High Suspension and Expulsion Rates
According to the US Department of Education's office for Civil Rights, Black students are suspended, at rates of 3-4 times more often than their white peers. The Center for American Progress estimates that there are approximately 250 preschoolers suspended or expelled each day nationally, with black twice as likely to receive a suspension or expulsion.
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Curriculum and class environments that highlight black excellence in our shared American experience.
Culturally responsive teaching strategies.
A commitment to 85-90% kindergarten readiness graduation rate
Safe extended hours care that meets the needs of the community
A black male lead mentorship program serving students birth-12 years.
Mentoring that focus' on building a sense of security in self and community.
On-site mental and behavioral health supports with lived experience to serve students and staff as well as support families.
A belief that the parent is the first and most important teacher. A commitment to support parents through culturally guided parenting courses to include nutrition, education and health advocacy. Additional, classes will include not be limited to financial literacy and management programming with accessible community resources as well as career development and elevation.
Support and foster a culture of futuristic dialogue and experiences as it pertains to higher education, wealth building, career placement and healthy living for the child where possible.