The Advocacy Network is an engaging, year-long experience for emerging advocacy leaders. It is a new structure for connecting and supporting educator-advocates across all regions of the state, while building participants’ advocacy skills and first-hand experience. Together, we will bring a new influence to state and local policy to advance an equitable early childhood system for children, families, and educators.

Cohort 2: Reception for Reflection,
August 8, 2023
Cohort 1: Reception for Reflection,
August 9, 2022
Cohort 2:
The second year of the Advocacy Network: introducing a new group of leaders
MyHanh Barrette
Leea Cooley
Jayd Rodrigues
Sidney Hamilton
Parisa Maryam Fakhri
Adrienne Armstrong
Nola Glatzel
Sarah Muil
Shauna Trick
Wairimu Macharia
Cohort 1:
Felicia Billy
Anna Ricci-Mejia
Kelly Marion
Gloria Valentin and Yolanda Ramos
Huong Vu and Marcia Gadson-Harris

Strategies for Children welcomes our third cohort (2023-2024):
Caroline Gillis, Cherish Casey, Christine Ashman, Emily O'Brien, Eva Marks, Evelyn Disla, Harold Blanco, Jade Oliver, Lori Thames, Melissa "Missy" Tarjick, Paula Echeverri, Shavon Drayton

  • Advocates attend monthly meetings, build advocacy knowledge and skills, network with peers, reach and teach others in their local community.
  • Cohort reflects the diversity of the early education and care field: demographics, provider type, geography.

Together we will create a new, sustainable advocacy infrastructure to:.

  • Impact state and local policy for early education and care (i.e., state budget and legislation for high-quality, affordable child care; EEC policy; early childhood mental health; local initiatives).
  • Engage communities. Advocates will engage thousands of colleagues and community members in advocacy activities (i.e., letters, testimonies) and events (i.e., trainings, tours, advocacy days).

For more information, contact Jayleese Le Blanc, Program Assistant,

Funding for this project is generously provided by Boston Children’s Hospital— Collaboration for Community Health.

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