Until all children in America have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences, and until all early childhood providers and teachers receive the training and financial support they require to ensure their commitment and competence, as many advocates as possible are needed to speak out on behalf of children. – Adele Robinson and Deborah Stark, Advocates in Action (NAEYC 2005)
A new public opinion poll shows 7 in 10 Americans favor using federal money to ensure the availability of high quality preschool for every child in America. Still, we continue to scramble to make up for long overdue improvements and increases in funding streams such as the keystone Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, not reauthorized since 1996. We must continue to speak out for children and quality early childhood education and find new ways to do so, translating opinion into action.
In that spirit, we are thrilled to add our voice as new members of the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC). Founded in 1999 as an alliance of providers and child care associations and educational services organizations, ECEC gives a unified voice to those who put into action federal and state policies and advocates for investments for children and families. As partners of ECEC, Teachstone will:
What a wonderful opportunity!
To learn more about ECEC and the resources available, visit their website.
Every state, every district, every school, every teacher faced decisions that they had never anticipated in the last academic year. As the end of the 2020-2021 school year approaches, it’s time to reflect on those decisions, learn from others, and prepare for the fall ahead.
To those in the education world, it’s not news that our schools, our systems, and our students are struggling. For nearly 40 years, since the publication of A Nation At Risk, we’ve recognized as a country that something isn’t working.
For more than a century after the United States’ colonization, school was intended for children who were overwhelmingly wealthy, white, male, and English-speaking - those demographics are no longer the case. Students today are representative of all our nation’s families, but our history means there’s a mismatch between what education has done up to this point and what children really need. What’s more, advances in science - psychology, medicine,
neuroscience, economics, and more - have shown us that to give children the greatest opportunity we must change what we’re doing. We can’t let another 40 years pass while we figure it out.
At Teachstone, our driving vision is to ensure every child experiences life-changing teaching. This mission is why we’re making a commitment to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. And, we know that bringing this commitment to life requires providing education leaders with the support they need to not only face the current challenges, but that will propel towards the future of quality and equity.
Given the context of today’s educational landscape, the global pandemic we are still fighting, and the divides our country is facing, strong leadership is essential. There is a clear need to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. But, what does that mean exactly for educational leaders who are leading the way?