NAEYC Children’s Champions Update
December 22, 2010
Congress Leaves with an “Incomplete” for 300,000 Children
Your advocacy was tremendous – there were exceptions made on the House Continuing Resolution to provide some increases for child care, Head Start and Early Head Start; the Senate omnibus bill that never made it to the goalpost had even bigger increases for those programs and for the Early Learning Challenge Fund. In the end, the House and Senate have passed, and sent to the President for signing, a Continuing Resolution (CR) until March 4, 2011 with no increase for child care or Head Start and without launching the Early Learning Challenge Fund. That leaves 300,000 children at risk of losing their child care, Head Start and Early Head Start.
We know it’s been a long and hard fight, and we thank you for all of your advocacy efforts. We will be working with you starting in January to keep the pressure on the new Congress and on the Administration to do the right thing for children and families, which is also the right investment for our national economy.
Opportunity: Apply to be a P-12 Teaching Ambassador Fellow in the US Department of Education
Applications for the US Department of Education’s Teaching Ambassador Fellowship are now available online. Teaching Ambassadors are outstanding teachers who have a record of leadership, strong communication skills, and policy insight who work for one year for the US Department of Education, either full-time in Washington, DC or part-time in their home states. The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship supports the Department’s mission by enabling a cadre of outstanding teachers, including early learning teachers, to contribute their classroom expertise to the national dialogue and in turn facilitate discussions with educators across the country. More information about the program, eligibility, how to apply and other details are available at www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship. Application deadline is January 17, 2011.
For more information, please contact Gillian Cohen-Boyer at 202-401-1259.
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