2016 Public Policy ForumIt's a Wrap!
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is celebrating another successful, empowering policy forum in our nation's capital! From February 28 through March 1, more than 200 advocates from 42 states and the District of Columbia gathered in Washington, DC, for an electoral advocacy bootcamp, phone-banking, sessions with experts, meetings with Congress on Capitol Hill, and much more. Check out these highlights! 

On Twitter


Here come the #earlyed advocates! Off to the Hill on behalf of our children, families, and educators! #PPF16


And that's a wrap! Thank you@NAEYC @njaeyc for such an amazing experience! #changingchildrenslives #earlyedin16


From Instagram


On Capitol Hill with the public policy team from Oregon advocating for #earlyedin16.


Strategic planning with Team Indiana for our trip to the Hill tomorrow to promote early education! Wish us well! #iaeyc #earlyedin16 #ppf16

Highlights from the Forum

  • Celebrating the launch of the Early Ed for President campaign’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages! 
  • NAEYC’s Executive Director, Rhian Evans Allvin, moderating a lively panel discussion with a bipartisan group of high-level political professionals, and a behind-the-scenes look at campaigns, strategies, and candidates.
  • Roberto Rodriguez, a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council, inspiring the participants and lifting up the work of early childhood educators as “nation-building.” 
  • An Early Ed for President phone-banking session, with volunteers calling NAEYC members in Super Tuesday states to remind them to get out and vote! 
  • Early childhood education advocates making over 200 visits to their senators and representatives during NAEYC’s Day on Capitol Hill!  
NAEYC thanks our many friends and partner organizations who shared their time, resources, and expertise to make this year’s Public Policy Forum a success! 

Check out more highlights, pictures, information, and quotes from participants HERE

In Their Own Words

We asked Policy Forum participants to describe their experience in just one word. Here’s what they said:

"It was one of the best experiences I have been through. I never thought as a normal citizen that I would be sitting in my state senator's office talking about making a difference."

"This was an absolutely amazing experience and truly inspired me to do more."

Want to Help? Donate to Early Ed for President!

This election cycle, NAEYC is committed to ensuring that all of the nation's presidential candidates make early childhood education front-and-center within their campaign platforms. We are leading the charge to make sure politicians and voters understand the importance of high-quality early learning and the impact it has on our children, their families, and our nation—but we can't do it alone. Join NAEYC and the #earlyedin16 movement by donating to Early Ed for President, our brand-new advocacy campaign, either through a one-time-donation, or by joining the 1600 Club—those individuals whose monthly contributions total $1,600 or more. 
"I am proud to be a member of NAEYC’s 1600 Club. It is time for politicians in this country to put quality early education at the very top of their political agenda. As the largest voice for the early childhood community, NAEYC can help make that a reality if we all find a way to support the $16 for 16 campaign."
– Chad Dunkley
NAEYC Governing Board and 1600 Club Member

From Our Forum Sponsors

"Lakeshore was thrilled to engage and take an active role in supporting this year’s NAEYC Public Policy Forum. It was truly an amazing and humbling experience to see firsthand the incredible dedication and commitment of all the participants as they work towards the best possible future for all children. What a terrific movement! We’re so honored to be a part of it!"
– Kevin Carnes, President of the Educational Division, Lakeshore Learning Materials

"It was a real honor to spend time with such inspiring educators at NAEYC’s Public Policy Forum. We as a nation must be doing more to support our youngest learners. And who better for our lawmakers to hear from than educators of young children? The First Five Years Fund is proud to support and partner with NAEYC in this essential work, and we look forward to continued success in the future!"
– Kris Perry, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund

"Teaching Strategies supports policies and practices designed to create a well-funded, high-quality system of early childhood education. As a proud sponsor of NAEYC’s 2016 Public Policy Forum, Teaching Strategies is honored to celebrate the many teachers who serve young children and organizations like NAEYC that energize and advance this vital profession. The Forum was a fantastic opportunity to foster engagement in electoral and grassroots advocacy for early childhood education."
– Jonah Stuart, Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations, Teaching Strategies

"HighScope was honored to be a sponsor at NAEYC’s 2016 Public Policy Forum and inspired by the fantastic work of the teachers, leaders, and allies that we met. For over 40 years, we’ve been motivated by early education’s ability to foster excellence and equity for everyone. It’s the efforts of NAEYC that are leading us towards that brighter future by advocating for educators, programs, and children. Thank you! Here’s to a strong presidential bid for Early Ed!"
– Brenda Leger, Chief Strategy Officer, HighScope

NAEYC is grateful for the support of its generous sponsors.

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