Helping Childhood Early Education
There are studies that show clear results of the importance of Pre-K. However, in Texas we don't provide universal pre-K and only half-day in some areas, which local school districts have to find a way to fund. A large percentage of children, especially Latino, are not enrolled in even half day. Recent studies have also shown that overall better education equals a better economy. We're not only wasting Texas' most valuable resource, our children, but we're throwing out our future and our economy.
However, there are groups trying to address this inequity. With the 84th Texas Legislature set to address education, now is the time for everyone to help out.
The following is taken from Texas Association of Education of Young Children
Early Childhood Day at the Capitol: Bringing Texas Together for Children
February 9th, 2015, 9:00am-2:00pm, Room E2.026
Texas AEYC is pleased to offer Early Childhood Day at the Capitol on February 9th and we want to personally invite YOU to join us for a day of learning, networking and meeting with legislators.
Register TODAY. Registration is Free.
The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) seeks to improve early childhood education in Texas by supporting members to be effective early childhood advocates and by collaborating with other agencies to promote public policies that address the needs of young children and their families.
What you can do:
Please send a thank you note to your legislators for the work on early childhood issues this past session. Better yet, send a children’s book with a picture of your children or a child care center’s children attached to the front page. Thank them for making the early years a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Texas will be strong when all our children grow strong from their very first breath and all the years to come.
Andrea Brauer, Early Education Policy Associate with Texans Care for Children sent email information recently regarding Texas Early Education Alliances information about the same day Senate Budget Hearing and action that can be taken:
Pre-K Funding on Senate Finance Hearing Agenda The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on . The public education budget is being considered, so please take action with oral or written testimony to let them know an increase in pre-K funding is necessary to improve quality in our State's programs.
If you're in Austin please go to the rally or take a moment to write about the importance of pre-K to the Senate Finance Committee.