Anniversaries and New Beginnings

Here at DEY were are gearing up for another powerful year advocating on behalf of young children. This month we celebrate 4 years of hard work and collaboration! Many of you have been here from the beginning, and for that we are profoundly grateful. In fact, we are deeply thankful for everyone’s hard work and contributions – from our National Advisory Board and our Senior Advisers, to all of you (teachers, parents, activists, community members) who are part of our coalition.

At this time, as our momentum continues to build, we have decided to bring on Blakely Bundy, M.Ed. to join me as Co-Director for the upcoming year. Blakely brings a wealth of talent, expertise, and great energy. She is Director Emeritus and Senior Adviser to the Alliance for Early Childhood on the North Shore of Chicago. Blakely has been key to the success of many DEY projects including the Early Childhood Activist ToolKit and our annual meetings at NAEYC.

As a full-time classroom teacher as well as director of DEY, my hands are always quite full, and therefore I am thrilled to have such an incredible teammate to support DEY in moving forward. Please join me in welcoming Blakely to this new role!

Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin