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Early childhood strategies for improved child outcomes.

Advancing Communities for Equity consults with systems, organizations, and individuals to maximize positive outcomes for children and families through thoughtfully designed policies, initiatives, and strategies.

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Hi, I'm Emmy O'Dwyer,

Founder & Principal of
Advancing Communities for Equity.

I have worked in the field of education for the last 20 years as a teacher, early childhood and K-12 administrator, nonprofit executive director, and state government strategist, driven by the desire to maximize child outcomes.  I founded Advancing Communities for Equity to help level the playing field for young children and their families through policy, systems, and programs.  I am an entrepreneurial change-maker with emotional intelligence. I thrive at the intersection of strategy development and implementation. Let's work together to build stronger, more child-centered communities.

Our Values

Advancing Communities for Equity leads from a place where:

  •  Equity, as both a lens and a goal, is fundamental to the work we lead as an anti-racist organization. 

  • The community holds the answer. The work

      focuses on listening to stakeholders, and building

      the capacity of participants and those served to

      accomplish more on their own.

  • Data drives decisions from design, to
    implementation, monitoring, and evaluating
    We go where the data takes us.

  • Children and families are worthy of our respect,
    in policy and practice. 

  • Systems thinking provides perspective to unpack the structures and mental models that shape the patterns and events that we see.  


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The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child. The question is whether we can afford not to.

-Mirian Wright Edelman

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