Every child deserves a real opportunity to succeed, but the racial opportunity gap in America starts in the earliest years. Children of color are less likely to have access to quality childcare and early education programs. The education gap continues as children get older; they are more likely to attend underfunded K-12 schools with worse outcomes; are less likely to have access to technology and connectivity; and are more likely to be burdened by debt from post-secondary education and training, along with many other disparities in educational opportunity.
The business community can be part of the solution by investing further in programs that create equal access for people of color to high-quality education and training, both within educational institutions and at workplaces. Government can reform policies that have created imbalances and provide more funding for programs that will help our nation respond to entrenched racial disparities in education.