Current Action Items for Advocacy
Three Important Ways to Share Your Expertise Today
Policymaking is better when educators are influencing it, so here are three important opportunities for you to share your expertise.
Share with the Office of Child Care, on the new proposed child care regulations
The Office of Child Care in the Administration for Children and Families recently released new proposed rules (called an NPRM) for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program. The proposed changes are designed to lower families’ child care costs, improve child care provider payment rates and practices, and streamline eligibility and enrollment processes. NAEYC will be submitting comments on the proposed changes – and it is critical for those comments to reflect and center YOUR wisdom, experience, and expertise.
NAEYC created this 10-minute survey for the ECE field, which provides some basic information about what the proposed changes would do, and asks for your feedback. The survey will close at midnight ET on Sunday, August 20. We encourage you to forward the link to your friends and colleagues, and thank you in advance for sharing your time and expertise!
Share with your members of Congress, on the need for federal ECE funding
While Congress is home on recess, it is imperative that each of your Senators and Representatives continue to hear about the importance of prioritizing and protecting child care and early learning in the FY24 budget. There is going to be a big funding negotiation this fall between the House (which level-funded child care but cut Head Start, Preschool Development Grants, and more) and the Senate (which provided some increases for child care, Head Start, and more).
There are lots of actions and necessary education and outreach that needs to take place in the weeks and months ahead, particularly as stabilization grants expire on September 30.
To that end, we are glad to share the following suite of resources from NAEYC and partners to help you stay up-to-date and engaged:
ECE Field Advocacy Huddle: Federal Funding & Recess Actions Webinar Recording (with transcript available in Spanish here)
Recess Toolkits and Resources:
- Summary of House Appropriations bill and cuts
- Preschool Development Grants: As you reach out directly to lawmakers, these state-specific talking points from the First Five Years Fund emphasize how your state has effectively used PDG B-5 funding to improve the state’s early childhood system and this chart shows how much funding your state stands to lose if the PDG grants are eliminated (as they are in the House bill).
- What happens when federal relief ends?
- Child Care Cliff: 3.2 Million Children Likely to Lose Spots with End of Federal Funds via The Century Foundation
- Impact of child care stabilization grants on family child care and educators working with infants and toddlers: NAEYC ECE Workforce Surveys | NAEYC
- Voter Support for Child Care Funding
Share with NAEYC, on the Supreme Court decisions
NAEYC remains steadfast in our commitment to support policies that lead to a more just and equitable society, and to oppose efforts that reduce equitable access to higher education opportunities and supports that advance the diverse, well-prepared, and well-compensated early childhood education profession that all our children, families, and communities need.
As we continue to take action in alignment with our values, we welcome you to share your thoughts on how the Supreme Court’s recent decisions to end affirmative action and overturn student loan forgiveness will affect you and your communities of current and future educators via this short survey.