We can all agree that giving our young children a strong start and supporting the teachers, parents and caregivers who make that happen should be a bipartisan priority. And with a new President-elect, members of Congress, and state legislators, our work together on behalf of children and families is more important than ever.
As California and the nation build toward the future, so too does Early Edge. As we announced this summer, Early Edge is embarking on a strategic planning process to reimagine how we advance early learning advocacy. This quarter, Early Edge officially began partnering with The Early Learning Lab and an Advisory Committee to develop a refreshed policy framework and organizational structure to ensure that quality teaching and learning is a reality for all of California’s youngest children.
Throughout this journey, we hope you’ll continue to visit us at our temporary new home at The Early Learning Lab and follow our work through email and social media updates.
Right now, we see an opportunity to move the needle on quality early learning by supporting parents, teachers and caregivers through policy that is informed by research and on-the-ground practice. We envision a California with high-quality early education so that our young children can be happy, healthy, engaged learners by their first day of school and every day after.
Soon, we’ll be embarking on a listening tour to gather insights so that our policy framework reflects the experiences and needs of teachers, parents, and caregivers serving California’s children. We’ll be focusing on dual language learners in partnership with First 5 Fresno County in Fresno on January 26, 2017. Stay tuned for news about additional stops on our listening tour.
Early Edge is continuing to engage policymakers and advance key policies that strengthen and support teachers and caregivers. We are also continuing to be a resource for transitional kindergarten teachers and administrators through our annual TK Conference – scheduled for May 12, 2017 – and TKCalifornia.org.
You can look forward to our continued updates on early education news. Check out our latest issue of What’s Ahead in Early Ed for a roundup of new early childhood developments, post-election updates, publications, and more.