Every bill starts as an idea: Kirwan action takes shape in Annapolis

The work of the Kirwan Commission is now in legislation introduced in the Maryland Senate and House. The legislation is known as the “blueprint for Maryland’s future” and it has five priority areas. One of those areas is early childhood education. Thank you to our friends at Maryland Family Network for this handy infographic!

On Monday, February 17, four Committees of the legislature came together for one huge hearing that was about all aspects of the legislation. The crowd included teachers, parents, children, county executives, and more.

The Kirwan Commission and the introduced legislation stand strong on a mixed delivery approach to preK, and we are here for it! The details matter, and we’re here for that too. We’re celebrating our community-based providers – centers and family child care homes – and letting legislators know about the crucial role you play for families right in our neighborhoods.

Children experience healthy child development crucial for success in school and in life, in any setting. We can and must make those experiences possible in family child care, in centers, and in school-based programs.

How we do things will matter. We can connect child care options and early learning opportunities.

We shared this message through written testimony, which you can read here.

Posted on February 28, 2020