Advocacy for Early Childhood Education | Kidango
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Advocacy in Action

A young child in a Kidango preschool classroomKidango aims to take our expertise beyond the children and families we serve, and drive change in early childhood education at the local, state and federal levels. We work with parents, teachers, policy makers and advocates to identify challenges and solutions, advance legislation and enact change. Through our policy work, we aim to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for our youngest learners, and ensure that every child is set up for success in kindergarten and in life.

 

Legislation we are sponsoring

We are currently sponsoring three state bills. Sponsoring a bill means we have helped to develop the legislation, and will be supporting it during its journey through government.

AB 22 authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty for preschool data collection.

AB 2806 authored by Assemblymember Rubio to prohibit expulsion in early learning programs and implement our Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation model across the state.

SB 1047  authored by Senator Monique Limon to create a more streamlined, early learning and care system for children 0 to 5.

To read more about the legislation we sponsored that has become state law, click here.

 

Policy Priorities

Children, particularly infants and toddlers and those who have been most marginalized, have equitable access to high-quality early childhood services that meet their unique needs.

  • Categorical eligibility, targeted universalism, and streamlined eligibility and enrollment processes are implemented
  • Expulsion and suspension are prohibited in early learning and care settings
  • Children with developmental delays receive tiered early intervention and inclusion services

ECE programs in centers, family child care homes, and public schools provide high-quality early learning and care designed to improve child outcomes and school readiness.

  • All children are supported to become bilingual and bi-literate
  • Expanding and strengthening Inclusion policies and practices in State Preschool to equitably support the diverse needs of all children 

The early childhood workforce is fairly compensated including benefits, supported with consultation, coaching, education, and training, and has access to career pathways.

  • Program and workforce standards and tiered reimbursement rates support ECE quality improvement
  • Due to Covid, continue the hold harmless provisions including reimbursement based on full enrollment rather than attendance

A whole-child, whole-family early childhood system is designed to meet the comprehensive needs of children and families, including mental health, health, nutrition, well-being, and basic needs.

  • The early childhood mental health system is adequately funded and meets the needs of young children and the adults in their lives
  • Family fees waiver extension and all providers reimbursed for the cost of lost family fees

Contact Us

If you’re passionate about early childhood education and would like to make your voice heard, join our advocacy network.

For more information about policy and advocacy at Kidango, please contact Maéva Marc, VP of Advocacy & Policy, at mmarc@kidango.org.

 

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