Make every day count, with one activity each day!
Monday, April 29: Tell Congress to #FundChildCare
With Congress back in session and moving forward on appropriations, we are sharing these short videos and social media posts for you to post TODAY! Let’s make sure your members of Congress know that: (a) increased funding for child care has made quality, affordable child care a reality for more families; and (b) it is critical for them to continue to grow funding for CCDBG!
- Read the directions and sample social media.
- Check out the videos (especially if you’re in FL, KS, ME, MD, MS, OR, PA, and TN; we’ve got special state-specific videos for you!)
Bonus: Want to be able to tell your Congressional members about the data on child care supply for the districts they represent? Now you can! Check out the child care supply by Congressional district fact sheets from our friends at the Center for American Progress.
Tuesday, April 30: Join #StrollingThunder
We’re proud to partner with our friends at ZERO TO THREE and families from across the country for Strolling Thunder! If you’re not in DC, make sure you join online, where you can share, tweet and email to tell Congress to #ThinkBabies and make their potential a national priority!
Bonus: As a member of the Child Poverty Action Group, we’re also proud to share information for Implementing a Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, a briefing from 2-3pm ET on 4/30 with First Focus and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Wednesday, May 1: Share Your Feedback
Kick the month of May off right by reading and sharing your expertise and opinions on the new draft of the revised professional standards and competencies for early childhood educators. Everyone who worked on this effort is eager to hear from the field, and we hope that you use—and encourage others to use—as many outlets for feedback as work for you! You can:
Get started today! #PowerToTheProfession
Thursday, May 2: Explore Diversity in the ECE Workforce
Join New America, NAEYC, Education Trust and more for an event from 9:30 – 11:30 am ET highlighting the latest research on teacher diversity. We’ll talk about our upcoming report that focuses on elevating the voices and experiences of early childhood educators from communities of color, and we’ll discuss best practices and policy solutions.
- Register for Exploring Diversity in the Early Care & Education Workforce. If you’re not in DC, you can still watch the event on live-stream!
Bonus: This week’s #EarlyEdChat is on NIEER’s State of Preschool 2018, so make sure you join from 2-3 pm ET, and don’t miss the joint blog between NAEYC and NIEER on how to elevate the early childhood educator profession to go Beyond “Thanks and Recognition.”
Friday, May 3: Catch Up on Some Reading
Who’s ready for some rest? Head into the weekend with some great reads and resources:
- A Guide to Creating “Safe Space” Policies for Early Childhood Programs (CLASP)
- Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies (CLASP)
- Child Care in State Economies – 2019 Update (Committee for Economic Development)
- Leading With Equity: Early Childhood Educators Make it Personal (NAEYC)
- Early Care and Education Teacher Well-Being (Research Connections)
And there’s more to come! We’re looking ahead to Teacher Appreciation Week, from May 6-10, and to NAEYC’s Professional Learning Institute, where we’ve got great sessions on everything from CCDBG to DAP to the 2020 Census. Don’t forget to register; prices increase after May 3!