Who We Are
The Learning Collaborative on Health Equity & Young Children serves as a point of connection for state and community leaders, policymakers and practitioners to work together to address root causes of health disparities and promote health equity for young children across the United States. The Learning Collaborative creates systemic change by educating, connecting and mobilizing state and community leaders, policymakers and practitioners to promote health equity.
The Learning Collaborative itself is a partnership between the BUILD Initiative and the Child and Family Policy Center, supported by a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The BUILD Initiative (BUILD) and Child and Family Policy Center (CFPC) have worked together since 1992 on early childhood systems building and evaluation, with a particular focus upon developing culturally and linguistically responsive and inclusive early childhood systems.
BUILD and CFPC launched the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children in 2015. This partnership connects state and community early childhood systems leaders, who BUILD supports, and health practitioners and champions, who CFPC is organizing into a collaborative for innovation, a CoIN.
Through the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children, BUILD and CFPC connect these stakeholders and facilitate learning from one another to further both policy and practice reform, better integrate the assets of the health and early learning systems and promote equitable outcomes for young children.
The BUILD Initiative is a support system for state leaders who seek to develop comprehensive systems of programs, policies and services that meet the needs of young children and their families.
CFPC is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that promotes outcome-based policies that improve child well-being.
Charles Bruner and Sherri Killins Ed.D serve as Co-Principal Investigators for the Learning Collaborative. The biographies of key staff are provided below: