notes from Amy
Stories matter. When we do our advocacy presentations, we ask, “ Who are the key decision-makers that impact a child’s early education and development? What do they need to know? How will you share the information?” One of the most powerful ways to share information is to tell your story.
In my fifteen years at Strategies for Children, I have heard so many stories. At the State House at legislative hearings and Advocacy Day. Testimony delivered by early educators at the Department of Early Education and Care Board Meetings. Powerful stories about early educators going back to school and inspirational stories about educators recognized at the Early Educators Awards Gala and in op-eds, editorials and letters to the editor.
So many stories, but we need more. We need yours! Get involved. Stand up for what you believe in. Listen. Be part of the process. Find your voice. Lead. Don't wait for someone else to do it. Redouble your efforts. Find allies. Speak your truth. Find inspiration. Get out of your comfort zone.
Here are a few ways to take action and share your story:
Child Care Now – National Women’s Law Center
Have you struggled to find or afford high-quality child care for your infant, toddler, or older children? Are you a parent with a story to share about how your child care has benefitted you and your child? Or are you a child care provider who finds it hard to make ends meet? The National Women’s Law Center and ZERO TO THREE are trying to help policymakers understand what is working for families and what is not. Your experience is our most powerful tool to change hearts and minds and help policymakers better understand families’ need for help in finding and paying for high-quality child care for babies and toddlers.
Power to the Profession – NAEYC
Voices from the Field – Strategies for Children
Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation. Click here to read more about Power to the Profession.
A series of blogs featuring first-person accounts from early educators across Massachusetts on our Eye On Early Education blog. See stories here. Please contact Laura Healy at Lhealy@strategiesforchildren.org to share your story.