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Federal Policy Updates

A number of national organizations monitor and work to shape public policy relating to early care and education at the federal level by keeping us informed, alerting us to key decisions before Congress, and offering strategies and tools for advocacy. To learn more and keep abreast of activities at the federal level, visit the websites of the following organizations and join their list serves so that you may receive policy alerts directly. 

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP):  CLASP’s child care and education work is dedicated to promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents by supporting policies that expand resources for child care and early education initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels.

Children’s Defense Fund: The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Early Childhood Education and Care is among its policy priorities.  Be sure to sign up to receive updates and e-mail alerts.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)Promotes national, state and local public policies that support a system of well-financed, high quality early childhood education programs in a range of settings, including centers, family child care homes, and schools.  To join their Children’s Champions E-mail List to receive regular updates and action alerts on federal and state childhood policy issues, visit http://naeyc.org/policy/.

National Women’s Law Center:  Conducts advocacy on the issues that cut to the core of women's and girls' lives in education, employment, family economic security, and health - with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families. Issues addressed include child care and early learning on which the National Women's Law Center is working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility, with a special emphasis on ways to expand public and private financing of the changes needed to achieve these goals. Be sure to subscribe to their free e-mail updates and alerts.

ZERO TO THREE: National nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that supports the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families by informing, educating, and supporting the work of professionals and parents.  Click on ZERO TO THREE’s Public Policy Action Center to join their Policy Network at http://zerotothree.org/public-policy/action-center/.

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