Policy

NevAEYC Public Policy

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The Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children seeks to improve early childhood education in Nevada by providing members and interested persons with the tools and information necessary to promote effective public policy.

Early Education and Care Imperatives for Nevada –

2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda

The Public Policy Planning Committee has composed and updated the NevAEYC White Paper, which provides four issues imperative to advocacy for Nevada’s young children and their families. The White Paper delivers a clear description of the four imperative issues, Nevada’s status in each area, the investment needed for some progression, and the impact that these investments would have on Nevada’s economy.

2017-2018 NevAEYC Imperatives

  • Imperative 1: Increase Child Care and Development Fund Contribution
  • Imperative 2: Use Current Market Rate to Set the State Subsidy Reimbursement Rate
  • Imperative 3: Support Nevada’s Silver Stars Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)
  • Imperative 4: Increase Wages and Retention of the Early Childhood Workforce

Read the full Nevaeyc 2017-2018 Policy Imperatives

ECE RELATED BILLS IN THE 79TH NEVADA STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION

There are several bills related to early childhood education in this session. We have prepared a brief list for you to easily keep of bills. See below for details:

NV ECE Bill Overview

LEARN MORE ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY

It is important that all Nevadans become mindful of the financial and social impact of NOT caring for our youngest citizens and their families. Investments in quality early care and education results in families with a higher quality of life and greater contribution to their communities, resulting in better paying jobs, higher tax contributions, and less dependence on public support throughout their entire lives. We want our legislators to know that they must act to change this dismal situation so that families can work and contribute to the well-being of our State e16143345_739846499526897_6371275182862214734_nconomy.

Do you want to brush up on your knowledge of how a bill becomes a law? Watch School House Rocks I’m Just a Bill for fun and quick refresher!

We also have several training videos to help you learn how to advocate for legislation in Nevada. Learn how to Share Your Opinion Online, Testify, and Track Bills!

BE AN EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVOCATE!

You can raise your voice in support of affordable early care and education by advocacy in the following ways!

Make A Paper Doll!

paper-dollsTo remind policy makers and community leaders that every child deserves a Strong Start, we have created paper dolls for children, parents, teachers and community advocates to decorate. These dolls are used to symbolize the many children in Nevada that are effected by state policies and laws.

See examples and download your template at the Strong Start Nevada website!

Children’s Week at the Legislature! March 13-16 2017

The NevAEYC Public Policy Committee is continuing an awareness campaign to inform our legislators of the importance of funding programs for children. Agencies and organizations in both the public and private sectors from across the state join together to show support for Nevada’s families and improve our communities at the Nevada State Legislature during children’s week. Each day is focused on a separate issue.

Monday March 13 was dedicated to school readiness.

Please contact Amanda Haboush-Deloye (amanda.haboush@unlv.edu) and visit the Children’s Week Webpage for information: nic.unlv.edu/childrensweek

NevAEYC Public Policy Sessions at the 2017 Conference!

Throughout the 2017 NevAEYC Annual Conference, sessions will be provided to educate attendees on how local, state, and federal policy impact early childhood education and the role that you can play to make ECE a priority in our state.

At this year’s conference, we will kick off with a Public Policy Fireside Chat on Thursday May 18 from 6:30-8:00pm. Local policy makers will join us and discuss their ideas on how city and county government can help increase access to high quality ECE in their community and what they need from YOU to make it happen! More details will be available on the NevAEYC State Conference webpage.

Brain Research Video Compilation

Think Fast. They Do. Early Childhood Brain Development.
AZ First Things First (:34)

BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks
Tiffany Shlain & The Moxie Institute Films (10:46)

The Science of Early Childhood Development
Harvard Education (3:57)

PBS The Secret Life of the Brain – The Baby’s Brain (mini).wmv
David Grubin Production (8:07)

Early childhood Educators: Building Brains Together
Vicki Vanzee (7:26)

NevAEYC Public Policy Resources

Video Resources

Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything!

Please take five minutes to view this powerful video on the importance of children’s first five years.

Pre-K Now: What Children Learn in Pre-K

The video, “What Children Learn in Pre-K”, tells the stories of five young children who had an opportunity that is still unavailable to millions of children in the U.S.: the opportunity to attend a high-quality pre-kindergarten program. We were privileged to follow Erika, Nataya, Cesar, William, and Gillian-as well as their classmates, family members, and teachers-for a full school year to see how quality pre-k helps all children prepare for success in school and in life, and through the short video below we want to share what we witnessed.

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Public Policy Links

Child Care Aware of America’s Action and Information Center – Child Care Aware of America leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertakes research, and advocates for child care policies that improves the lives of children and families. The Action and Information Center has the latest issue campaigns to strengthen child care.

Children’s Advocacy Alliance– The Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is a community-based nonprofit organization that mobilizes people, resources and reason to ensure every child has a chance to thrive and to make Nevada a better place to live and raise a family. CAA advocates for the well-being of Nevada’s Children. We bring people together to build consensus around priorities and to leverage our collective strength toward real changes in policy and practice. Our organization collects, analyzes and shares research and information with people who make decisions impacting Nevada’s children and families. We believe in building public will through education, outreach, and advocacy to solve expansive and chronic problems facing kids and families.

CLASP – A national non-profit organization which seeks to improve the economic security of low-income families with children. CLASP develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.

NAEYC Children’s Champions – Keep updated on the lasted news from Congress and the Administration that impacts young children and families. Join Children’s Champions to be included on e-mail list and be kept up-to-date. This site also includes information from NAEYC on federal policies and legislation, state legislative trends and policies, national reports and research, critical issues, position statements and links to national early childhood organizations.

Stay keen on federal developments in the realm of early childhood education by checking up on Updates & Alerts from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

National Women’s Law Center, Child Care & Early Learning Issues – The Center’s research, analysis, and advocacy take place when legislatures are enacting or amending laws, the executive branch and its agencies are writing regulations or otherwise enforcing laws and policies, and the courts are reviewing actions. The Center also conducts campaigns and public awareness efforts to educate and mobilize the public to press for policy changes to improve women’s lives.

Nevada Institute for Children’s Research & Policy – The Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy (NICRP) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing children’s issues in Nevada. NICRP’s mission is to conduct academic and community-based research that will guide the development of policies, programs and services which will enhance the health and well-being of Nevada’s children.

Nevada State Home Page – Provides information on state departments, agencies, commissions, regulatory agencies and the Governor.

Nevada State Legislature – Provides information on past and current legislative sessions, contact information for legislators, the NRS and NAC, as well as information on the legislative process and history.

NV Women’s Lobby – The Nevada Women’s Lobby (NWL) is a statewide non-partisan coalition of organizations, women and men presenting a strong voice on issues affecting women and families. A primary issue of the NWL is education.