In my last blog post, Moving On After the Shutdown, I proposed that everyone create a short- and long-term personal agenda focused on advocacy for high-quality early childhood education. Now is the time to take the first step on that journey by joining me and my Teachstone teammates at the 2013 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference next week. The list of sessions is already online and is so packed full of insightful presentations that it's difficult for me to narrow my recommendations. For some time slots, I'm actually trying to determine how to clone myself so that I can be in multiple places at once!
On September 30th, October 1st, and even October 5th, I was certain that the federal government shutdown would end before I had the opportunity to post my comments on the detrimental impact the shutdown would have on access to and quality of early childhood education programs across the county. I was convinced that our representatives would come together, if for no other reason than to protect those constituents who are most vulnerable in our country—the young children and families living in poverty. Now, on October 8th, it is with a heavy, angry, and concerned heart that I write this blog post.