Author: Rivka Burstein-Stern

We’ve reached the home stretch of the legislative session! You can help us get to the finish by making calls and/or sending emails to your legislators and urging them to support investments in high-quality early learning. Reach out to your legislators by phone or email (find your legislators here, and click on their names to[…..]

There are a number of critical pieces of legislation related to early learning in the 2015 legislative session. The legislature is still in the midst of an extended session (special session) as they work to finalize a bipartisan budget, so the final outcome of each of these bills remains to be determined: The Early Start[…..]

California Newsreel has produced an excellent series on early learning and the healthy development of our children. Raising of America is a 4-episode documentary series; the series offers a great opportunity to raise awareness in your local community about the importance of early learning and the need to invest in our youngest children and their[…..]

Bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the backbone of Washington state’s early education system, professional training for child care providers, and open a new chapter in the state’s push to create a….

  What a day! With not a cloud in the sky (when does that ever happen in Olympia?), more than 50 early learning advocates, representing the 10 Early Learning Regional Coalitions, descended on the Capitol last week. They met with close to 50 legislators, expressing their support for the Early Start Act and significant investments[…..]

  Things are moving and shaking in Olympia, and now — more than ever — it’s important that legislators hear from you. We’ve reached a crucial inflection point in the legislative session; the number of bills has been whittled down significantly as they worked their way through their respective policy committees, funding committees, and then[…..]

  There’s a lot going on in Olympia right now – and lots we can do to raise our voices. Below you’ll find some key advocacy opportunities and updates on the Early Start Act.   Advocacy Opportunities   Take 30 seconds to sign a petition urging the Legislature to make significant investments early learning!  […..]

  The legislative session marches on! Lots of early learning action to report, but first – an advocacy opportunity for one and all.   We are collecting early learning stories to share with legislators. These can be the stories of families, providers, children, community members and more. The only requirement is that they speak to[…..]

  Is the first thing on your to-do list every week to track the latest early learning legislative information and email your legislators at key points so they understand the implications of their policy decisions for your local community? Yes? Then this blog isn’t for you.   For everyone else, we know that advocacy is[…..]

  Candidate forums provide an excellent opportunity to find out where elected officials and potential elected officials stand on early learning. Perhaps more important, forums offer a chance to hear a candidate’s position on the record. Advocates can then remind them of this position when it comes time to vote on key early learning legislation.[…..]