Public Policy Agenda

Increase Access and Quality for ALL Young Children 

Increase investments in early childhood education:

  1. Promote national, state, and local policies related to equitable access to high-quality early learning.
  2. Engage in raising public awareness about the importance of early development and high quality early childhood care and education.
  3. Educate our members and community about the importance of advocacy.

Collaborate and Coordinate with other ECE Stakeholders to Advance our Public Policy and Advocacy Agenda

  1. Support alignment between and among early childhood entities, stakeholders, and others involved in ECE advocacy and policy.  
  2. Collaborate with AzAEYC, in alignment with the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding to advance our shared public policy goals.   
  3. Work with state and local groups that have an interest in advancing similar priorities, including:
    • Arizona Early Childhood Alliance (AZECA)
    • Arizona Early Childhood Education Association (AECEA)
    • Child Care Aware of America (CCAA) and Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)
    • Children’s Action Alliance Southern Arizona Advisory Committee
    • Preschool Promise
    • Collaboration with AZAEYC, AECEA, CCRR with the Roberts Wood Johnson Foundation
    • First Focus on Kids/Cradle to Career

Promote Excellence and Equity for the Profession

  1. Support and promote Power to the Profession, a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation.
  2. Seek out members for the board to expand and diversify our community representation, message and intentional commitment to be a High-Performing, Inclusive Organization (HPIO).
  3. Build leadership and advocacy capacity to propel the field, profession and systems of early learning.