ECE Advocacy Fellowship

In January 2020, Trying Together launched its second Early Childhood Education (ECE) Advocacy Fellowship. In this nine-month program, selected early care and education professionals meet once per month to engage in half-day workshops; hear from informed early childhood, public policy, or community leaders; network; and more. The 2020 ECE Advocacy Fellowship timeline runs through September 2020.

If you’re interested in applying for next year’s cohort, sign-up to receive our newsletters and follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates as more information becomes available. To learn more about the Fellowship, continue reading below.

Benefits

As an ECE Advocacy Fellow you will:

  • develop your role as a “change-maker”;
  • harness your leadership skills;
  • learn to use research-based communication strategies to build positive impact;
  • gain knowledge of public policy processes, key players, and their effect on your work; and
  • receive a stipend (along with your employer) for your time.

Structure

Fellows meet nine times, once a month, from January-September, for half-day workshops. At each workshop, an informed early childhood, public policy, or community leader will facilitate drawing upon information from regional or national experts to share the latest news, research, and strategies to improve early childhood public policy. Workshops will also include opportunities for networking, professional growth, and community development.

Who may participate?

Trying Together designed the Fellowship specifically for professionals working in the early care and education field, including:

  • center administrators and teachers;
  • family child care providers;
  • school-age child care providers;
  • Head Start teachers;
  • pre-k teachers;
  • PK-4 teachers and principals;
  • home visitors;
  • trainers;
  • professors of higher education; and
  • child care resource and referral professionals.
Why should I apply?

You should apply if you are:

  • seeking a leadership development and learning opportunity;
  • interested in seeing how your work connects to the policy process;
  • looking to get more involved in public policy; and
  • hoping to expand your personal and professional network.
What is the time commitment?

Fellows meet once per month as a group between January–September. Participants should expect an additional two to four hours of work every month. We recognize that some conflicts may arise unexpectedly, but each participant should plan to participate in all program activities if you are accepted into the Fellowship.

How much does the fellowship cost?

Trying Together offers the fellowship program at no cost to the participant; in addition, Trying Together provides lunch and snacks at each session. Travel stipends may be available on a case-by-case basis.

What is the selection process?

Our selection committee seeks to admit an evenly balanced cohort with regard to geography, diversity, experience, interest, etc. At this time, online applications are not being accepted for the ECE Advocacy Fellowship.

If you’re interested in applying for next year’s cohort, sign-up to receive our newsletters and follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates as more information becomes available.

More Info

For more information about our public policy efforts at Trying Together, contact Cristina Codario by email at cristina@tryingtogether.org or by calling 412.567.3673.

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