Ella Baker: Empowering Early Childhood Education Through Community Advocacy

In honor of International Woman’s Day, let’s take a moment to explore the remarkable contributions of Ella Baker to early childhood education and discover why her legacy remains relevant and vital today.

Ella Baker was a force to be reckoned with—a grassroots organizer, civil rights leader, and fierce advocate for social justice. Amidst her many accomplishments, Baker’s dedication to community-based education stands as a testament to her unwavering commitment to empowering marginalized voices.

Through the formation of the Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM), Baker championed the idea that education should be accessible, inclusive, and rooted in the cultural and social context of the community.

Baker understood that true empowerment begins with education. By establishing community-run childcare centers and preschool programs, she sought to create spaces where children could thrive academically, socially, and culturally. This idea is the foundation for daycare centers like Children’s Academy Childcare & Preschool today.

Baker believed in the importance of centering education around the needs and experiences of the child and their family. Her approach showed the value of culturally relevant curriculum, holistic development, and parent involvement. By empowering families to take an active role in their children’s education, Baker laid the groundwork for a more equitable and inclusive educational system.

Today, access to quality childcare remains a pressing issue, Ella Baker’s vision and commitment to community-based education reminds us of the power of grassroots organizing and collective action in addressing systemic inequalities. At Children’s Academy Childcare & Preschool, we strive to serve our families and honor Baker’s legacy by embracing her vision of education. We can work towards building a brighter future for all children.