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READ: Increasing Qualifications, Centering Equity: Experiences and Advice from Early Childhood Educators of Color

To further our shared commitment to maintaining and increasing diversity in the ECE workforce, while putting the voices of early childhood educators front and center, NAEYC, in collaboration with The Education Trust, is pleased to share the new report, . Drawn from focus groups with 50 early childhood educators of color in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, this report tells the story of their reactions to policy changes affecting their qualifications, their reflections on their experiences, and their recommendations to policymakers moving forward with increasing educational requirements for early childhood educators.

  • Read the  and the  in NAEYC’s Equity in Action blog series.
  •  to share the report with others.
  • Keep the conversation going by joining @NAEYC and @EdTust for a #EarlyEdChat with @MomsRising this Thursday, October 24 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
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WRITE: Tell Congress to #FundChildCare

Don’t back off now: elected officials need to keep hearing about how important it is for them to #FundChildCare as they try to navigate the challenges of getting to agreement on the FY 2020 appropriations bills!  is here to help you write and share messages with your Senators and Representatives online, in op-eds, and in person. Plus, now is a great time to use the templates in the toolkit to invite elected officials to visit your high-quality early childhood programs when they come back to your communities for Thanksgiving recess!

READ: Principles for Investing in High-Quality, Affordable Child Care

There are principles for increasing equitable access to high-quality, affordable child care that we all can share! Check out the 4 principles and the more than 25 organizations who signed on !

WRITE: Share Your Feedback on the Draft Leveling of the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators

What’s the level of knowledge, skills, and competencies each person needs to master in her professional role in early childhood education? Public Draft #2 starts to lay that out – and your feedback is necessary to help get it right! !

READ: Higher Education Act movement

In the midst of ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, House Democrats have released their . In keeping with some of , this bill increases supports for early childhood education and educators, with actions such as expanding access to grants for educators working on their Associate’s degrees; increasing funding for child care programs that serve student parents; and improving the public service loan forgiveness program. Over on the Senate side, Senator Alexander also introduced a package of proposals on higher education, called The Student Aid Improvement Act of 2019. While not oriented towards early childhood education, there are always opportunities to advance the field (and feel free to check out the full bill )!

WRITE: #ProtectFamilies on Social Media and In Your Programs

Last week, a federal court blocked the implementation of the Public Charge regulation, preventing it from taking effect last week and for the foreseeable future while the lawsuit is decided. Thank you for your advocacy and for standing with us to #ProtectFamilies!