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Every child deserves an equal chance to reach her or his full potential. Our new podcast, Critical Connections, gathers state and community leaders to highlight local collaborations in the development of early childhood systems that can make a difference for all children.

The second season — Leading for Equity — focuses on how state leaders have used their roles, responsibilities and influence to intentionally increase opportunity and remove barriers for children and families. Host, Dr. Sherri Killins Stewart, explores tangible ways leaders are centering the perspectives of Black, Native American, Latino, and other populations marginalized by the programs and services within the early childhood system.

Click here to listen to season one of the podcast with host Karen Ponder, Distinguished Fellow at the BUILD Initiative.