Examines a community's impacts on child development and frames strategies to build early learning systems in poor minority neighborhoods. Stresses combining services with community-building and developing a diverse early education workforce from within.
- Observation: There is need for disproportionate investment in early learning in vulnerable neighborhoods to make up for the substantial disinvestment in the type of physical, economic, and human capital development in these neighborhoods compared to more affluent neighborhoods, where such investments usually can be taken for granted.
- Observation: Mutual assistance cannot occur without the time, space, and opportunity for people to come together. Further, facilitative leadership is essential to taking advantage of these settings to reach out and engage families, support growth, activate leadership, and foster reciprocity and co-production.
- Observation: Career ladders and pathways must be developed which ensure that those within vulnerable neighborhoods are given the opportunity to become the next generation of leaders and professionals.
- Observation: Provide the time, space, and opportunity for parents and residents in vulnerable neighborhoods to design and implement strategies, programs, and activities that meet their needs and build upon their passions. This also means helping to ensure that their voices are heard in the larger community, where resource allocation decisions are usually made.