notes from Amy
Dust off your telescopes because the stars are aligning! I know I have said it before, but this time I am serious! Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg are all leading efforts to support early education and care. Just take a look at the headlines - $20 million to support the early education workforce, a blueprint to put Kids First and the largest rate increase in ten years.
While we must celebrate incremental progress, we also must acknowledge that we have been having many of the same conversations for far too long. The progress we have seen this month is the result of YEARS of work by many different coalitions and hundreds of people.
We must be bold, smart, strategic, unapologetic advocates for children. We must support leaders who are willing to use their political clout to call for increased investments and aligned policy solutions and tell the stories of incredible early educators. Stay informed and get ready for the next chance to take action.
Policymakers need your expertise. Tell your story. Offer to be a resource. Say thank you. Follow up! Develop a plan to keep in touch and build relationships – no one-hit wonders.
Some personal news… in March, I was humbled and honored to be elected as President-Elect of the National Association for the Education of Young Children Governing Board. I start my term in June and will serve in this volunteer role for four years. I am looking forward to this new opportunity and excited about the work NAEYC is doing - especially the Power to the Profession initiative.