Defending the Early Years (DEY) is a non-profit organization working for a just, equitable, and quality early childhood education for every young child. DEY publishes reports, makes mini-documentaries, issues position statements, advocates on policy, and provides early childhood educators and advocates with valuable resources.

DEY’s Latest mini-documentaryTeachers Speak Out: Kisha Reid

In this mini-documentary, early childhood educator Kisha Reid expertly describes how play-based environments spark creativity and are crucial for the developing brain. Watch her students at work and see what is right in early childhood education today.
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distinguished nationally and internationally-known early childhood experts and organizations.

DEY’s first mini-grant, awarded in 2014, resulted in a rally for play that took place in Minneapolis.

DEY issued comprehensive reports, position statements, and fact sheets in English and Spanish.
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DEY has an active presence on Facebook, with over 6,000 followers, and on Twitter, with over 1,000 followers.

Press Coverage
DEY’s reports, position papers, and op-eds have been quoted and published in the major national media and press.

Mini-Documentary Series
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DEY produced a series of videos that are getting traction on the Internet. The videos are available on DEY's YouTube Channel.

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DEY seeks to rally parents and educators to take action on policies affecting the education of young children, by encouraging them to speak out with well-reasoned arguments against inappropriate standards, assessments, and classroom practices.

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DEY provides mini-grants of between $200 and $500 to individuals and organizations to help foster work in communities across the country. DEY’s first mini-grant, awarded in 2014, resulted in a rally for play that took place in Minneapolis.

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