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January 18, 2023

NAEYC 2023 Public Policy Forum (PPF)

Are you a NAEYC member who is passionate about early childhood policy? Join fellow NAEYC members at this three-day forum and help us strengthen advocacy skills, expand policy knowledge, deepen relationships, and build power across states and communities!

As a Public Policy Forum participant, NAEYC members have the opportunity to:

  •  Be part of a powerful team working to advance federal and state early childhood policy
  •  Hear from national and state policy leaders and fellow advocates
  •  Get the resources and experiences they need to be an informed and effective advocate
  •  Meet with members of Congress and build relationships with their staff and teams

Forum Details

Sunday, February 26, 2023 – Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Washington, DC
Cost: $125

Registration

NAEYC’s PPF is organized by state teams in order to build strong relationships and networks.

To register, follow these steps:

  1. Find the name and email address for your state’s team leader on this spreadsheet.
  2. Send an email to your State Team Leader asking if you can join the team! Include your name and contact information.
  3. They will respond by providing you with the link to register. They may also ask you to share additional information to help them build a strong and connected team.

Registration closes Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

 

 

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October 10, 2022

Fall 2022 NAEYC Survey of the Field Available

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is conducting a new survey to gather current data from the field to inform federal and state actions on child care.

(This article was updated on October 18 to reflect a new deadline).

About the Survey

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAEYC has been surveying child care programs to convey the challenges they are facing across states and settings.

Early childhood educators can answer the questions about how their programs are currently doing, regardless of what kind of child care program they work in or what role they have there.

The survey will close on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

See results from past NAEYC surveys.

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May 5, 2022

New Commission Releases Call for Applications from Early Childhood Educators

Early childhood educators are invited to apply to serve on national a new Commission on Professional Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

About the Commission

Seventeen organizations – including the National Education Association (NEA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and ZERO TO THREE – dedicated to young children formed the commission “to develop and promote the framework for a unified, cohesive, and equitable early childhood education profession informed by and in partnership with early childhood educators across states and settings,” according to a news release.

The Commission is guided by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8 report, the Power to the Profession Task Force’s Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession, and The Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.

Eligibility

The Commission is opening an application process for individual early childhood educators to apply to be co-equal, full voting members. Eligibility and criteria information for applicants are available online.

Apply

The application is available in English and Spanish. Applications are open until Friday, May 27. The Commission will appoint up to seven early childhood educators, representing a diverse cross-section of the profession.

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March 2, 2022

Survey: Chronic Child Care Staffing Shortages Persist, Threaten Economy

To understand the depth of the ongoing child care crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has been surveying thousands of programs across states and settings. Current survey results show that federal and state relief funds have provided critical support for stabilizing child care programs.

NAEYC Pandemic Survey

NAEYC’s newest survey results, completed in January 2022 by nearly 5,000 respondents working in child care centers and family child care homes, shows that two-thirds of respondents reported experiencing a staffing shortage that affected their ability to serve families. The survey also showed that stabilization grants provided through the American Rescue Plan were critical in helping child care facilities stay open, including during the recent COVID-19 Omicron wave, even if providers were simultaneously unable to serve all families who needed care.

Statistics

  • 75% of respondents reported that the end of stabilization grants would have a negative or highly negative effect on their programs.

  • Of the respondents who said they knew enough about Build Back Better’s investments in child care and pre-k to answer the question, 89% agreed that it would “secure the future of our program,” including 86% of respondents from family child care homes and 85% of respondents from faith-based programs.

  • 28% of respondents reported that they are definitely or maybe considering leaving their program or closing their child care home in 2022. This comes on top of recent findings from Child Care Aware of America indicating that between December 2019 and March 2021—during the pandemic but before ARP funds started to go out—8,889 child care centers and 6,957 licensed family child care homes were permanently closed.

More Information

For access to prior survey data and analyses:

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February 9, 2022

NAEYC Virtual Public Policy Forum

Join NAEYC for live engagement, virtual Congressional visits, and opportunities to build connections with educators, advocates, and allies in your state and local community.  Visit the 2022 Public Policy Forum website for more information on sessions and speakers, and to register for this event.

Registration will close on February 22, 2022. Reserve your spot today to become part of this strong, supportive, and growing community of advocates standing up for our nation’s children, families, and early childhood educators.

NAEYC Members may attend this year’s Virtual Public Policy Forum at no cost. Individuals must be a member by February 20 to qualify for this benefit.

About the Event

  • Sunday, February 27 | 1 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 28 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

In order to provide participants with the most timely and relevant information and access to speakers and content, NAEYC shares the agenda and resources shortly before the start of the policy forum. Once registered, the state leader will contact participants in mid-February with details and state and community Congressional visits.

About NAEYC

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

News

NAEYC Virtual Public Policy Forum

Join NAEYC for live engagement, virtual Congressional visits, and opportunities to build connections with educators, advocates, and allies in your state and local community.  Visit the 2022 Public Policy Forum website for more information on sessions and speakers, and to register for this event.

Registration will close on February 22, 2022. Reserve your spot today to become part of this strong, supportive, and growing community of advocates standing up for our nation’s children, families, and early childhood educators.

NAEYC Members may attend this year’s Virtual Public Policy Forum at no cost. Individuals must be a member by February 20 to qualify for this benefit.

About the Event

  • Sunday, February 27 | 1 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 28 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

In order to provide participants with the most timely and relevant information and access to speakers and content, NAEYC shares the agenda and resources shortly before the start of the policy forum. Once registered, the state leader will contact participants in mid-February with details and state and community Congressional visits.

About NAEYC

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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January 11, 2022

January 2022 NAEYC Survey of the Field Available

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is conducting a new survey to gather current data from the field to inform federal and state actions on child care.

About the Survey

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAEYC has been surveying child care programs to convey the challenges they are facing across states and settings.

Early childhood educators can answer the questions regardless of whether their child care program is open, closed, or somewhere in between, and regardless of what kind of child care program they work in, or what role they have there.

The survey will close on Monday, January 17, 2022.

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November 19, 2020

#SaveChildCare Wednesdays

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is asking all child care champions to support early childhood educators and families by participating in #SaveChildCare Wednesdays each week at 4:50 p.m.

 

About

Quality child care is critical to the recovery of the current economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocates are asked to take action each Wednesday on social media and call on Congress to prioritize passing a COVID-19 relief package that includes at least $50 billion in dedicated funding to stabilize the child care sector.

Participate

Everything you need to engage each week can be accessed via this #SaveChildCare Day of ActionToolkit. The toolkit is regularly updated with messaging and contains additional links and content for social media tiles, shareable graphics, and sample posts in English and Spanish from a range of organizations.

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November 17, 2020

Child Care Programs: Submit Your Experience

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is conducting a survey to gather information from the early childhood field to inform federal and state actions on child care. This survey is intended for early learning professionals.

About

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAEYC has been collecting survey responses from early learning professionals to convey the challenges child care programs are facing across states and settings. Data collected through this survey will be shared with policymakers to build a deeper understanding of the ongoing urgency of the challenges programs are facing.

Early childhood educators can answer the questions regardless of whether their child care program is open, closed, or somewhere in between, and regardless of what kind of child care program they work in, or what role they have there.

Take The Survey

To submit your experience, complete the online survey by November 22, 2020. NAEYC will select 10 respondents at random to receive a $50 gift card. Winners will be notified on December 18, 2020.

More Information

For more information, contact advocacy@naeyc.org.

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September 30, 2020

Digital Media Literacy: A Deeper Look

Are you interested in exploring guidance on technology and digital media use with young children? Join Trying Together on October 8 for our virtual session, “Digital Media Literacy: A Deeper Look: NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Position Statement.”

About

This professional development course is designed for educators and administrators to critically examine and develop a deep understanding of the intentions and guidance of the NAEYC Fred Rogers Center position statement. The course will encourage reflective practices to positively influence teaching, policy development, and dialogue about young children and technology.

Session Details

    • Session Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020  |  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Instructor: Katherine Gullone
    • Core Knowledge Area: Professional and Leadership
    • CDA Content Area: Maintaining Professionalism
    • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Registration

To register, visit the course PD Registry page. Space is limited. Participants will receive the course Zoom link via email within 24 hours before the start date for the course. PQAS and Act 48 credit available.

If you do not have a PD Registry account, please complete this online form to create one. If you are unable to create an account, please contact Jasmine Davis at jasmine@tryingtogether.org for more information.

More Information

For questions or more information, contact Jasmine Davis at jasmine@tryingtogether.org.