The Advocacy Network is an engaging, year-long experience for emerging advocacy leaders. It will create 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 that advances an equitable system of high-quality early education and care for children, families, and educators.

The Advocacy Network aims to support nine advocates annually from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including four from the city of Boston (East Boston, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Dorchester) to yield 27 advocates over three years.

  • Advocates attend monthly meetings, build advocacy knowledge and skills, network with peers, reach and teach others in their local community.
  • Cohort will represent the diversity of the early education and care field: demographics, provider type, geography.
Advocacy Network cohort 1:
Reception for Reflection, August 9, 2022
Our Advocacy Network in Action:
Felicia Billy
Anna Ricci-Mejia
Kelly Marion
Gloria Valentin and Yolanda Ramos
Huong Vu and Marcia Gadson-Harris

Create a new, sustainable advocacy infrastructure.

  • 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).
  • Advocates will engage more than 1,200 community stakeholders in advocacy activities (i.e., letters, testimonies) and events (i.e., trainings, tours, advocacy days).

For more information, contact Titus DosRemedios at

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

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