Advocacy Day 2020 update:
“Delaware Early Childhood Advocacy Day on March 31 in Dover has been cancelled, as instructed by the state, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anyone who signed up for March 31 will be contacted when events are rescheduled.
We encourage all advocates to stay safe during this time and advocate on behalf of Delaware children, families, and providers from home by:
o Staying up to date on issues impacting child care here: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/child-care/
o Continuing to advocate
o Emailing or calling your legislator and asking them to
- provide emergency supports to child care
- increase investments in purchase of care and increase access to pre-K
o Wearing yellow and posting a picture of yourself along with a few reasons why you care about early childhood education to social media using the hashtag #EarlyLearningDE.”
While Delaware has made significant strides in aligning home based visiting efforts, developmental screening, and early learning providers reaching higher levels of quality, the state falls short in adequately preparing ALL young citizens for success.
We are hoping you will create and take advantage of opportunities to connect with your Senators this year, and there are many of us here to help you do so! How? So glad you asked!
Your voice is needed today!
YOU can find your state Representative HERE to contact them.
Tell your state Representative:
- Quality Early Childhood education is one of the best investments the state can make!
- Approximately 1/3 of Kindergartners enter K without the skills they need to succeed
- Sustainable, on-going sources of revenue and resources need to be channeled to help our children and future workforce indefinitely
- This will produce one of the single GREATEST returns on investment for our dollar
- Economists estimate the return on investing in quality, early learning at 7-10% per year through better outcomes in education, health, economic productivity, sociability and reduced crime
Children don’t have a vote — adults do. Early childhood professionals who work with children each day know the challenges that families face. We are in the best position to make a difference for children.
We need YOU to get involved and tell YOUR elected officials that we need to prioritize early childhood funding in next year’s budget.
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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