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In Defense of Early Childhood Education and Care
Restoring the Link Between HIgh Quality and Child Development

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Campaign Endorsers

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FirstLastAffiliationCity, State, Country
DiamondHarrisOak Lawn, IL
MargaretBlachlyThe Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street CollegeNew York, NY 10025
TreasaHowardJoliet, IL. USA
MichelleZurita-SharpeEarly Childhood EducatorChicago, IL, USA
AndreaAllegranteEarly Childhood Educator of Children with DisabilitiesFranklin Lakes, NJ
DeloresRitaUniversity of Chicago Laboratory SchoolsChicago IL USA
HaleyPezzarossiRegional Services and Education CenterAmherst, NH, USA
KELLYGABARDIFall River Public SchoolsSomerset
SarahGallimoreCokarēDetroit, MI United States
ErikaGunterBrandywine School DistrictWilmington, Delaware USA
RixaEvershedEarly Childhood Advocate and Program DirectorRainier
HeatherBernt-SantyThat Early Childhood Nerd podcastWest Lafayette IN USA
KelseyWinocourKelsey Winocour Consulting/ Temple Emanu-El ECECDallas, TX
MarianKillianRetired Special Education Public School High SchoolPetaluma
ZoeMatthewsNashville, Tennessee
JanaBoddyMDAEYC AdvocateGambrills, MD USA
KalieStandishPurdue SLHSLafayette
LibertyWinnEl Cerrito, Ca, USA
JessicaSaffoldSouth Side Nature PlayChicago, Illinois, United States
AngelaGarciaAdvocateBoston, MA
AngieFrederickMoorhead, MN, USA
FirstLastAffiliationCity, State, Country

Join Us as we advocate in defense of early childhood education and care that restores the link between high quality and principles of child development! 

Despite decades of research on child development that provides a blueprint for designing high-quality early childhood education and care programs, we continue to see a rise in the proliferation of harmful curricula and pedagogies for young children. Educators trained in child development know how to provide high-quality early childhood education and care. Unfortunately, our lawmakers and elected officials are allowing corporations and consultants to push inappropriate curriculums and instructional strategies under a misguided belief that high quality must be tied to academic learning and rigid teacher-directed practices.  


The Issue

High-quality early childhood education and care must be based on principles of child development. The research on how young children develop makes it clear that they need ample time to play, inquire, build, create, sing, move, talk, and pursue their own interests.  High-quality early childhood education and care promote environments and practices that center on whole child development. Attempts to force academic instruction into pre-kindergarten classrooms have led to worse academic outcomes by sixth grade (see a guest blog on this study). An early focus on academic skills does not allow young children to develop the foundational skills needed to support academic achievement later. The time has come for us to advocate for restoring the link between high quality and child development. We must resist demands from those who do not understand how children develop, demands that jeopardize the ability of our children to experience true early childhood education and care.  

Stand with us as defenders of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Sign up to join our advocacy campaign. We will share opportunities to amplify your voice in ensuring all children have access to high-quality early childhood education and care programs.  

Our In Defense of Early Childhood Education and Care Campaign will include the following:
  • A sign-on statement that briefly outlines the issue and what we are fighting for.
  • Mini-videos with supporters discussing the campaign and strategies for change.
  • One-page fact sheets for advocating.
  • Space and tools for networking regionally.
  • Templates for writing letters to elected officials and op-eds.
  • DEY Virtual Town Halls.
  • Social media content and resource materials.