notes from Amy
We have made it to the end of 2020, together.
As we at Strategies for Children reflect upon this past year, we take stock of the many hardships that have faced young children, families, and the early education and care community. Who could have imagined the pivoting, problem solving, tough decisions and solution finding we would do together this year.
From our small nonprofit “remote” office, we have been working since March to listen, share information and updates, make connections, survey programs and families, convene coalitions, and advocate, advocate, advocate.
Your advocacy has paid off! You told your child care story to our elected officials, and their response was, “message received!” The fiscal year 2021 state budget invested significant new resources in early education and care and out-of-school time programs. Congress has responded with a deal that includes $10 billion for child care and $250 million for Head Start. We are grateful to our Congressional delegation for leading the fight and we will continue to advocate for flexibile child care stabilization funding.
This year has shown the public, without any doubt, that safe, affordable, high-quality child care is essential to our economy, our communities, and our families.
We will continue to rely on the innovation, creativity and can-do attitude of the early education and care and out-of-school time community.
We know that will not be enough. We need an unprecedented level of intentional and thoughtful collaboration, alignment and sharing of resources.
Systemic change is starting to happen, and you are making it happen.
Happy holidays, and have a safe, healthy,and happy New Year.