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What Do Early Childhood Educators Do?

Everything! And as we’re back in full swing, with kids returning to school and Congress returning to Washington DC…

We Advocate to #FundChildCare

Last month, many of you joined nine national ECE organizations and your fellow educators and advocates from across the country for a , calling on Congress to #FundChildCare and #UniteforHeadStart! With the hashtags trending, we were able to reach millions of accounts, and get our voices in front of Senators and Representatives.

But that’s not all—with the , educators and advocates across the country have been speaking to their Senators throughout August recess about the need to prioritize funding for CCDBG. Check out just two examples of op-eds published in  and  and ! With Congress returning to finalize appropriations on Monday, September 9 (and turning their attention to child care and early learning on Tuesday, September 10), right now is the time!

We #ProtectFamilies

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released changes to their “public charge” policy, which would penalize immigrant families who seek available public assistance in meeting their basic nutrition, health care, and housing needs. Even the threat of the rule has had  on families seeking needed support, but if implemented on October 15, 2019 and not delayed by litigation, the policy would have devastating effects on the health and well-being of millions of children.

As an active member of the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign, led by CLASP and the National Immigration Law Center, and in keeping with our organizational values,  when they were originally proposed, and once again stands in opposition to the finalized rule.

What can you do to join us in standing up for children and families?

We Bring #PowertotheProfession

The draft for Decision Cycles 7+8, which address the resources, infrastructure, and accountability structures needed across states and systems to support a prepared, diverse, well-compensated early childhood education profession, is out for your review and response.

For more context, including information on DC 345+6 and the Professional Standards and Competencies, you can:

In addition, we encourage you to share and , full of tips, samples, resources, forms, and more to help you lead important P2P conversations in your communities!

We Vote

 is right around the corner! As a national partner in the September 24th holiday, we are encouraging early learning programs, early childhood higher education programs, and other early childhood affiliated organizations to help voters be #VoteReady this November! Join us for this national, nonpartisan day of civic action and plan to reach out to and register as many voters as possible! Check out these  to help you get ready, and keep your eyes open for more information!

We Help Make Sure Kids Don’t Go Hungry

The Administration is proposing a rule that would eliminate SNAP benefits for 3.1 million people and kick about 500,000 children off free school meals by gutting states’ broad-based “categorical eligibility” option. A comment period is open until September 23, and the federal government needs to hear from you about how this rule would harm children and families.  via the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), using templates for comments  or from the particular . Email  with any questions!

We Ask Questions and Stay Informed

Finally, keep your eyes open for how early childhood educators , with the release of NAEYC’s newest position statement coming soon! And, in case you missed it: , so if you know anyone who might be interested, please encourage them to apply!