Special Night for Maryland Early Childhood Advocates

Last night was a special night. Hundreds of advocates, which included child care center staff, family child care educators, Head Start staff and organizations who support them, gathered in Annapolis for the 2020 Evening for Children’s Advocacy.

Thank you to the thirty advocates from Prince George’s County who signed up to participate! We made an impact together!

Advocates talked with Delegates, Senators and staff in their offices. It was an evening to share stories, experiences and expertise about early childhood education, the importance of it in our communities and especially, to urge support for investment.

In particular, the Prince George’s message emphasized: Let’s work together and recognize the role that Child Care Scholarship and child care licensing play in ensuring that the child care workforce and our families can thrive, and ensure that efforts to expand early education opportunities reach our communities.

We loved hearing from Lucy Recio from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, who urged us to share stories and help decision-makers understand that families can’t pay any more and providers can’t earn any less.

Delegates and Senators also joined us and spoke with us as a large group, sharing their own experiences and priorities for the legislative session. Many addressed our advocates with not only the statistics reflecting the child care crisis in Maryland, but also inspiration and hope to continue advocating for what Maryland and the children of Maryland need.

To see pictures of this year’s Evening in Annapolis, please visit the Child Resource Center Facebook Page.

The annual Evening in Annapolis for Children’s Advocacy is sponsored by Maryland Family Network, Maryland Association for the Education of Young children, Maryland State Child Care Association, Maryland State Family Child Care Association, Maryland Head Start Association, and SEIU Local 500. We thank these organizations for their efforts to make this a great event.

Posted on January 28, 2020