The Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) Mission Statement states with clarity its position on advocacy.
The mission of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) is to promote national standards for early care and education as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); to provide and support opportunities for professional development; to advocate for children, families, and early care and education professionals; and to build community awareness and support for the early care and education profession.
Educational Advocacy for Delaware’s young children is not only a noble goal, but also a vital one. It is essential because a high percentage (40%) of Delaware’s children, birth to age 5, live below the poverty line which impacts their ability to be successful learners. Therefore, it is not surprising that 7 out of every 10 children in Delaware are not kindergarten ready. These statistics raise profound concerns about the long term educational impact for these learners. Such concerns provide a focal point for intensive and dynamic early care advocacy. Along with this, research shows that children from low-income families at age three have heard 30 million fewer words and tend be less prepared for kindergarten and more likely to not test at grade level reading in 3rd grade.
In addition, deaeyc wants to be sure that the early childhood programs servicing these children are of the highest quality, including having educated and well compensated teaching staff. Based on 2016 data, the average child care professional in Delaware made $9.95/hr, this is not a livable wage!
deaeyc has responded to the call to advocate for our children. deaeyc programs include: T.E.A.C.H., WAGE$, W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, and the Statewide Conference. Children, families, early care and education professionals are the direct beneficiaries of these efforts.
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