Advocacy

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Through our work as advocates, we need your voice. Our committee supports the hard work we do on a daily basis in order to make the lives of young children safe and valued. Join our email group to be notified about upcoming events or ways to have your voices heard.

Voices from the Early Childhood Field

Early childhood educators serve an incredible role in our community. However, they are not appropriately compensated for the responsibilities they carry out. The stories for Dawn, Kelly, and Violet represent the hundreds of early childhood educators in the Austin community.

Community Coalitions and Meetings

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Austin/Travis County Success By 6 Strategic Plan and Success By 6 Coalition

About the Coalition

Six years ago, a coalition of child and family advocates – providers, parents, policymakers, civic leaders, and experts – came together under the banner of United Way for Greater Austin to transform Austin/Travis County’s early childhood system through a strategic plan, originally called the School Readiness Action Plan.

Today, our Success By 6 [SX6] Coalition has grown, strengthened, and continues to build upon its achievements. This third installment of the strategic plan looks forward to our next 2,000 days and how we can continue to coordinate our actions to help ensure every child born in the Austin area receives the support and care they deserve during their essential 2,000 days.

Quarterly Success By 6 Stakeholder Meetings are held quarterly and are open to anyone in the ATX community who shares the vision to ensure that all children in Austin/Travis County enter Kindergarten happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in school and beyond.

Meeting Dates: 4th Thursday of January, April, July, October from 3-4:30 at the United Way for Greater Austin (2000 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin TX 78702)

To sign up for Coalition newsletters and meeting invitations, sign up here: : https://www.unitedwayaustin.org/success-by-6-plan/#list

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United Way High Quality Child Care Center Network

To achieve the goal of increasing the supply of high-quality care accessible for children from families with low income, United Way partners with a select group of early childhood education centers that strive to provide high-quality care, are dedicated to serving children at-risk and are open to innovation and leadership in the early childhood sector. This network invites centers to participate in networking meetings and professional development activities to help sustain efforts to increase access for high quality affordable care as well as opportunities to join our Pre-K Partnerships with Austin ISD. Participating centers receive first priority on access to resources and supports from the United Way network for corporate partners and volunteers. For more information about the High Quality Center Network, contact Cathy.McHorse@uwatx.org

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City of Austin Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is one of the City of Austin’s Boards and Commissions that makes recommendations to the City Council. The ECC makes recommendations to council for the creation, development, and implementation of programs that promote optimal development for young children. Develop for recommendation to council, programs and activities that contribute to the continued development of a system of high-quality early care and education and after-school programs for Austin's children. See Section 2-1-123 of the City Code for additional duties.

Meetings:

  • Typically second Wednesday of the month, except October.
  • No meeting in July or December.
  • 9:00 am unless otherwise specified
  • Unless otherwise specified, meetings will be in the Board and Commission Room 1101, at City Hall

Citizens are welcome and encouraged to sign up to provide public comment related to early childhood issues at the beginning of the meeting.

For more information contact Rachel Farley Austin Public Health, 512-972-5093, Rachel.Farley@austintexas.gov

Links:

https://www.austintexas.gov/financeonline/afo_content.cfm?s=73&p=160

https://assets.austintexas.gov/financeonline/downloads/Austin-Strategic-Direction_2023_webfinal.pdf

Advocay Tools and Information

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Find My Representative

Use this tool to identify your national, state, and local elected representatives based on address.

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Texas Early Learning Council

The Texas Early Learning Council serves as Texas's state advisory council as required by the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. The Council utilizes its breadth of stakeholder representation to increase coordination and collaboration across state agencies and local program and service providers in order to improve the quality of and access to early childhood services across Texas. In 2019, the Council will lead a statewide birth-five needs assessment and strategic plan as part of Texas's Preschool Development Grant project.