ECE Advocacy Fellowship

Trying Together invites early care and education professionals to apply to its 2020 Early Childhood Education (ECE) Advocacy Fellowship to strengthen their voice as an early childhood advocate. Online applications are being accepted now through Friday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. Learn more below and apply today!


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 and key players, and their effect on your work; and
  • receive a stipend (along with your employer) for your time.


Fellows meet nine times, once a month, from January-September 2020, 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 a month as a group between January-September 2020, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.. Sessions are tentatively scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month. (Please note: Session dates are subject to change but will be finalized in January 2020.) 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?

Online applications are being accepted now through Friday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. Our selection committee seeks to admit an evenly balanced cohort with regard to geography, diversity, experience, interest, etc. We plan to notify all participants by the first week of January 2020.

More Info

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