In addition to the hard work of all early education professionals, we have more to celebrate. Last week President Obama released his 2014 budget with significant new investments in early childhood – $66 billion over the next 10 years! New funding will create new partnerships between Early Head Start and Child Care, provide a boost in quality improvement dollars, expand access for four-year old children, and support home visiting programs to vulnerable families.
Of course, this is only a budget proposal and it will take lots of work to get it passed through the Congress. That work has begun already with the formation of a new and strong coalition called the Strong Start for Children – Building America’s Future campaign. We will need all advocates on board, starting right now.
In your Week of the Young Child plans, please include sending a Thank You to the President from you, the children, and the families you serve for making young children a priority in his budget. A letter accompanied by children’s artwork can be sent to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for personal delivery to the White House; these must be received by April 25th , so make it a project this week! Be creative; send one group project or one from each child. Include your program’s name, city and state on the artwork and a note about the age of the child(ren). Send to:
Kayleigh Rogers-Torres, NAEYC, 1313 L Street NW, Washington DC 20005. Please include your contact information for us in the package. Contact Kayleigh if you have any questions at 202-350-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate this Week of the Young Child by acknowledging how important early education professionals are, and by recognizing (along with President Obama) that an investment in early education is one worth making!